Truck Yeah The trucks are good! Suzuki’s very first official photos of the 2019 Suzuki Jimny include a picture of the off-roader’s chassis, and there’s good news: it looks like the little Japanese billygoat has the goods to continue the Jimny’s reputation of being an off-road monster. I’ve said it a number of times before, but I’ll say it again: I consider the Suzuki Jimny to be—at least on paper—one of the most compelling off-road vehicles out there. It’s tiny, it’s got a ladder frame and, crucially, it’s got two solid axles. That’s a great recipe for maneuverability, modify-ability, durability and articulation. The great news for the upcoming 2019 model—the first new Jimny since 1998—is that it holds onto all of those important off-road features. Check out the new chassis: Suzuki hasn’t revealed much about the 2019 Jimny, but the company has made it clear that this SUV is going to be a true beast in the muck. “Depend on robust authenticity,” the company says on its web page for the new Jimny, before mentioning the three features we all hoped the billygoat would offer: a ladder frame, a three-link rigid axle suspension and a part-time, two-speed four-wheel drive system. The suspension, which we can see some of in the image above, holds each axle laterally via a track bar, and longitudinally via two control arms (these “radius arms” also serve to prevent axle rotation by mounting to the axles at two points). This setup, similar to that of the… [Read full story]
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