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Carmarthen Journal - - Motoring - IAN DON­ALD­SON

IF you fancy a new Suzuki Jimny don’t waste time com­par­ing it to the com­pe­ti­tion – there isn’t any. Re­ally.

If you want an af­ford­able, no non­sense 4x4 that will take you just about any­where and come up smil­ing it’s the Jimny or noth­ing.

A Jeep Wran­gler does the same back-to-ba­sics job but is much big­ger and twice the £17,999 asked for the dearer – and likely much the big­ger sell­ing – of the two new Jimny mod­els.

And Land Rover’s up­com­ing De­fender, co­in­ci­den­tally spied in heavy dis­guise on roads used for the new Suzuki’s de­but, will be dearer still, for sure.

So it’s lit­tle sur­prise that the world has beaten a path to Suzuki’s door, cre­at­ing wait­ing lists stretch­ing months into the fu­ture.

In the UK alone, 10,000 peo­ple have shown a con­tin­u­ing in­ter­est on Suzuki’s web­site, while the com­pany ex­pects to have a mere 600 cars to sell in the first half of 2019.

Sel­dom has such a niche ma­chine cre­ated such a swell of in­ter­est and see­ing your first new Jimny in the metal will only en­cour­age more kerb­side adu­la­tion.

It looks ter­rific in its slab sided frills-free way, small but per­fectly formed and quite ob­vi­ously a mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the third gen­er­a­tion Jimny that pulled in buy­ers over two decades.

The new­comer is ac­tu­ally a lit­tle (30mm) shorter but 45mm wider and 20mm higher than be­fore and re­mains a prop­erly com­pact car. That has con­se­quences, good and not so good.

Mod­est di­men­sions and weight make it a star off-road, romp­ing eas­ily over the slip­peri­est of

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