Wind in the hair
The renaissance in demand for vehicles that provide soft top, wind in the hair motoring continues and the new Jimny provides the perfect hood arrangement to enable its owners to take full advantage of the sun when it shines and to shelter from the elements when it doesn't.
For optimum flexibility the hood is in two parts. The front section, above the driver and front seat passenger, can be folded back ëtarga-styleí from within the vehicle and closed again in a matter of seconds.
A separate 'pram-style' hood covers the rear passenger accommodation and load space. Once the clear, zipped-in, PVC side and rear windows have been removed this roof section, too, can also be folded and stowed in a single, easy action and reinstated just as rapidly.
The comfortable, supportive seats - split 50:50 in the rear and upholstered in durable, hard wearing cloth - can be folded in a wide variety of configurations whilst the front passenger seat slides forward for ease of entry and exit for rear occupants, a process assisted further by the wide-opening doors and low sills.
The fascia - which incorporates a lockable glove box - is simple yet stylish, with clarity and ease of use being prime design considerations. Speedometer, tachometer, gauges for temperature and fuel and a digital clock, are accompanied by a full display of warning lights whilst all switch gear, including column mounted controls for lights and wipers, is set out within easy reach.
The interior incorporates a wide variety of fittings to enhance it flexibility and practicality.
Rear seat passengers are provided with armrests, holders for oddments and a cup holder. Additional cup holders are located in the front of the central console box between the front two seats.
The front windows and large door mirrors are electrically operated whilst central locking, a high quality radio/casette player and a sophisticated immobiliser system are also standard.
The Jimny has many safety features including SRS airbags for both front occupants, side impact protection beams and height adjustable front seat belt anchorages. Power-assisted steering reduces response time and aids manoeuvrability whilst the braking system, with large front discs and rear drums and a load-sensing proportional valve, provides effective stopping power.
The powerful multi-reflector halogen headlamps combine with large rear lamp clusters and a high level rear brake light to let the driver see and - equally importantly - to be seen. The strong, box-section chassis offers extreme rigidity in the event of a collision and is designed to absorb energy from all directions in a controlled manner.