It’s no secret that Japan has an aging population. According to the European Parliament, up to 28.7% of the population is aged 65 or older. By 2036, that demographic will represent a third of the total number of people living in Japan. Naturally, many of these folks own and drive cars on a daily basis. Suzuki is well aware of this, and it could be why it added a new safety feature to the Jimny.
Driving skills get worse with age, but that doesn’t mean older folks can’t get behind the wheel at all. To that end, the Suzuki Jimny has gained a new feature tailor-made for elderly drivers. It’s called a “pedal suppression device,” and it works to protect a driver if they unintentionally press the gas pedal. The Jimny can now detect whether the driver pressed the throttle by mistake or not, suppressing acceleration in the case of the former.
In addition, Suzuki’s Jimny updates include more safety features like lane departure warning and collision mitigation. Manual transmission models also get a new idling system. With these new features, the Jimny is safer to drive than ever before. The only question left is when, if ever, Suzuki Philippines equips the local-spec Jimny with these goodies.
The Suzuki Jimny is available in the Philippines. While it’s not yet equipped with a pedal suppression device, it does come with a variety of standard safety features. These include dual front airbags, hill-hold control, hill descent control, ABS with brake assist, stability control, and a reverse camera.
More than that, the Jimny boasts tech features like a nine-inch multimedia infotainment system, automatic LED headlights, cruise control, and automatic air conditioning. The Suzuki Jimny starts at P1,170,000. Visit our Car Guide for the latest specs and pricing information for the Jimny.