Inside, it’s all change, with stylish new fabrics and finishes, new front and rear seat designs providing greater support and comfort, and a new steering wheel and fresh instrument panel featuring red illumination. Automatic transmission equipped models get a new centre console and gear selector gate, while both manual and automatic models now feature push button selection of the four-wheel drive system, located below the heating controls. This replaces the separate lever previously positioned behind the main gearshift. Finally, a new audio unit, with easy to use controls and a CD player is fully integrated within the stylish, all-new dash.
From the outside the latest Jimny can be distinguished by its new five-spoke alloy wheels and fog lamps set into the front bumper, both now fitted as standard rather than an option. The central locking system also features remote operation as standard for the first time.
The Jimny Estate continues to offer high levels of standard equipment, including power assisted steering, front electric windows, electric mirrors, radio/CD player, ABS and EBD, selectable four-wheel drive with high and low ratios and automatic free wheeling hubs, front seatbelt pretensioners and driver and front passenger airbags.
Jimny’s reputation for safety is well deserved and the chassis offers extreme rigidity in the event of a collision but is also designed to absorb energy from all directions in a controlled manner. Progressive and reassuring braking is provided by large front discs and rear drums, and ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution).
SRS airbags for both front seat occupants, side impact protection beams and height adjustable front seat belt anchorages are all standard whilst the powerful multi-reflector halogen headlamps are now complemented by the front, bumper-mounted fog lamps.Published 21 January 2005