The Suzuki Jimny, despite its rather outdated demeanour, has proved to be a popular choice for off-road enthusiasts who appreciate simplicity. The nifty little Jimny is equipped with all the basics for a great afternoon on the dirt road and is a significant role-player in the 4×4 community nationwide. Whatever the weather, the Jimny is ready for the road. We looked at how the Jimny handled the recent snowfall in the Western Cape and put together some pointers for your next drive out into icy terrains.
The current Suzuki Jimny is the same generation that was released over 10 years ago in 1997. There is a new Jimny in the pipeline but its release is only set for later this year. The changes are subtle, but essential as they breathe some much-needed life into the design and technology on offer. One of the things that kept the Jimny in production all these years was the fact that the car has the potential for some radical customisation. You will very rarely find a stock version of the Suzuki Jimny in Cape Town or anywhere else for that matter. Off-road enthusiasts love that they can go to town with modifications and add-ons without breaking the bank. The Suzuki Jimny’s low price and affordable customisation options contribute to its consistent popularity.
While it doesn’t snow every other day in Cape Town, the recent spike in snowfall around the Western Cape got a lot of people on the road, missioning to the likes of Ceres, Worchester and Matroonsberg for the perfect snow angel selfie. For off-roaders, the snow presents an opportunity for adventure and the choice of vehicle contributes to the experience in a massive way. Tough but basic, the Suzuki Jimny will likely spring to mind when considering an expedition of this nature. The Jimny offers an affordable all-wheel drive alternative to the larger, more advanced SUV’s on the market.
The Suzuki Jimny’s rugged persona helps it soldier through the snow whilst ensuring the driver an epic time. Before you take the little guy out for a spin though, be sure to take a look at our pointers below.
The Jimny fares well in snowy conditions and remains stable on a whole range of uneven surfaces. Its also worth noting that snowfall in this region is rather mild, with snow settling mostly on the mountain peaks during the year. The pointers above are worth noting for snow driving regardless of severity and they apply to any reasonable 4-wheel drive chassis.