The Suzuki Jimny is a real-life RC crawler

A toy for the big boys
by Jason Tulio | Sep 28, 2017

 

Each generation of the Suzuki Jimny has a knack for longevity. The nameplate has been around since the '70s, yet there's only been three generations released on the market. The current one has been around since the late '90s and will soon bid us farewell--an all-new one is expected at next month's Tokyo Motor Show. To put that in context (and to make you feel old), the third-generation Jimny came out around the time when everyone was busy gettin' jiggy with Will Smith. 

So it's fitting that we highlight what makes the outgoing one special. It's long been popular among off-roaders and grown men who want to bring their RC crawler fantasies to life. The spry subcompact SUV certainly delivers on that front with its easy maneuverability and agile handling. For the older crowd, its basic interior and five-speed manual tranny is a welcome change from today's tech-clad cars. 

Check out our video for more reasons why we still appreciate this old workhorse. Thanks for the memories, third-gen Jimny. We look forward to seeing your continued evolution. 

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