Suzuki’s brand new version of their Jimny has proven to be something of a hit for the Japanese manufacturer. With just 1,100 coming into the UK in year one, and all of those spoken for, if you haven’t ordered one you’ll be waiting two and a half years to collect yours now. It’s proven so popular in Japan that some are being quoted a delivery date of well after 2020! Some dealers have even closed their order books, knowing that they can’t keep up with demand. At some of the larger dealerships, the lone demonstrator model is booked out for test drives almost constantly for weeks. It’s proving to be something of a cult icon.
Our Kinetic (flourescent jacket) Yellow example, with it’s pearlescent black roof and auto-box is the one to have. The launch colour, and the one you’ll have seen in all the press photographs, it’s certainly distinctive, and looks brilliant in the flesh. With less than 45 of this combination landing on British shores this year, you won’t see too many of them. Every part on it (other than the tyres) is of surprisingly high quality, given its £19,500 list price, with LED headlamps, navigation and heated seats as standard, and the inside is almost Tardis like in its dimensions. It really is like a real-life Tonka toy.
This being us, there was zero chance it was going to live its life as a pampered shopping car-it was going to be used for what it was built for. So, less than 24-hours after collecting it from the dealer, our newest acquisition found itself being put through its paces in deepest Wales. We subjected it to everything we could think of (within reason, this is a standard road car) and, other than the factory fitted Bridgestone Duelers being utterly woeful, it performed spectacularly.
Suzuki cite the official wading depth as just 300mm, which is, obviously, not ideal for trapsing through the countryside in the depths of winter. With this in mind, even after tackling significantly deeper on our Tour-de-Wales, one of the first things on our agenda was a snorkel for our pint-sized companion. With nothing (of sufficient quality) on the market, we decided it was down to us to get cracking on something that would do the job properly. So, just 2 days after collecting it, we had panels off and our 3D scanning equipment out, so we could start work on an efficient snorkel, that doesn’t require any cutting or drilling to fit.
With millions of data points collected, the snorkel system is already on the drawing (well, CAD) board , and it’s something we’ll be looking to announce in the not too distant future. Alongside this, we’re working on one of our renowned low-profile roof racks, some pretty innovative interior storage solutions, and a myriad of other innovative products. All will come under our new OCD banner, and each and every one will conform to our super-stringent design and build standards.
You’ll be seeing a lot more of our Jimny over the coming months, along with other members of our ever growing fleet. We’ll soon be announcing our upcoming show dates for the year, and you can keep up to date with what’s happening at Paranoid HQ by bookmarking our News Page.