Suzuki Jimny Off-road Test: Stock Vs Modified

by Kshitij Rawat | 02/05/2020
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Check out how a stock Suzuki Jimny fares against a lightly modified version and a heavily modified version of itself.

Suzuki Jimny is one of the best off-road vehicles in the world, despite the fact that it’s a small budget car. It has a small gasoline engine, tuned for economy rather than outright performance. Still, its tiny dimensions and lightweight body make it a decent performer. That being said, there are a lot of people who believe a stock Jimny is just too mainstream. We’ve already covered plenty of examples of modified Suzuki Jimny on IndianAuto, but this time we found a comparison between stock and modified Jimnys.

Suzuki Jimny - Stock vs Modified | Unsealed 4X4

The above video was posted by ‘Unsealed 4X4’, an off-road touring magazine and website based in Australia, on its YouTube channel. There are a total of three Jimnys in the video. The first one is a completely stock vehicle, the second is slightly modified, and the last one is heavily modified. One by one, the cars are tested by the two hosts, who then go on to describe the difference between the three cars.


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The stock Jimny manages to traverse through the entire trail, albeit with a few hiccups. There were moments where the car gets stuck, but with persistence and resilience, it eventually manages to overcome every hurdle. The ride quality was good, but compared to the other two, it wasn’t as good. The second model features a lift kit and bigger tyres. These help the car glide through the trail, even the more difficult portions. The upgraded suspension also improved the ride quality and articulation.

Suzuki Jimny - stock vs modified

The third model, the one with heavy modifications, was also quite good. There are no explicit details about how better it was compared to the lightly modified version, but we can see the car faring much better in all sections of the test, and even the drivers felt more confident behind its wheel.


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The Suzuki Jimny we see here is the international-spec Jimny, powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox. In Japan, this model is called the Jimny Sierra, sold alongside ‘Kei’ Jimny, which is powered by a 0.6-litre petrol engine. The smaller engine is exclusive to Japan.

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