Suzuki will soon stop selling its popular Jimny SUV in the European market. The company has already begun communicating with its European dealer network to stop accepting new orders for the Jimny, with immediate effect. The Jimny’s departure from Suzuki’s European line-up is due to stricter European norms for CO2 emissions that come in to effect in 2021.
EU legislation sets mandatory emission reduction targets for new cars and for 2021, each carmaker can have a maximum fleet average of 95g of CO2/km. While this rule will only come into effect next year, it has started phasing in from this year, according to the EU legislation. In order to achieve this target, Suzuki had been phasing out diesel vehicles since 2018, and is currently in the process of introducing a 48V mild-hybrid version for the Vitara SUV, which will be the first Suzuki model in Europe to benefit from this new powertrain.
The Jimny sold in Europe comes with Suzuki’s K15B 1.5-liter petrol engine that does not feature any type of hybridization. The SUV is available with either a 5-speed manual or an automatic gearbox. The Jimny emits relatively high CO2 levels – it’s rated at 154g/km or 170g/km, depending on whether the engine is paired to a manual or automatic gearbox.
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According to Autocar UK, selling more Jimnys than greener models, such as the Ignis and Swift, will push up Suzuki’s average CO2 in Europe, thus leading to fines from the European Union if it goes above the target.
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