New Jimny here next year

NZ4WD - - NEWS -

The new, fourth gen­er­a­tion Suzuki Jimny four-wheel-drive which has just been un­veiled in Ja­pan will go on sale in New Zealand early in 2019.

Of­fi­cially launched on July 05, the highly an­tic­i­pated Jimny has al­ready at­tracted con­sid­er­able in­ter­est with its retro de­sign and re­tained sep­a­rate chas­sis that stays true to the model’s long time off-road her­itage.

As one of the long­est run­ning mod­els on the New Zealand mar­ket, the cur­rent series Jimny was first in­tro­duced here in 1999. Year-to-date lo­cal sales are up 3.5 per­cent on the same period in 2017 and de­spite the pend­ing ar­rival of the all-new model the cur­rent one is selling at record lev­els, ac­cord­ing to Gary Collins, Gen­eral Man­ager of Au­to­mo­bile Mar­ket­ing for Suzuki New Zealand Ltd.

“We are de­lighted Suzuki has kept so many of the use­ful fea­tures of the cur­rent Jimny while up­dat­ing the spec­i­fi­ca­tion, in­cor­po­rat­ing a fresh and evo­lu­tion­ary body de­sign, a new three-link rigid axle sus­pen­sion and a com­pletely re­vised in­te­rior,” he said.

Suzuki has sold more than 2.85 mil­lion Jim­nys in 194 coun­tries since the first model ap­peared in 1970. Gen­er­a­tion two ar­rived in 1981 and the third gen­er­a­tion broke cover in 1998. Such has been the car’s ev­er­green qual­i­ties that the cur­rent ( coil­sprung) ver­sion has re­mained in pro­duc­tion for two decades.

A long-time favourite as one of the least ex­pen­sive four­wheel-drive ve­hi­cles avail­able in New Zealand, the up­com­ing model will still fea­ture low range trans­fer gear­ing that helps make it such a great ve­hi­cle off road.

The 1999 model has been so suc­cess­ful that few changes were ne­ces­si­tated dur­ing a lengthy pro­duc­tion life. In 2005 new en­gine and trans­mis­sion re­fine­ments, greater con­ve­nience and a fresh in­te­rior in­jected new life into the life­style ve­hi­cle.

“Deal­ers were swamped with or­ders when we launched the cur­rent Jimny in April 1999 and the re­place­ment model next year is likely to re­sult in sim­i­lar strong de­mand,” said Collins.

Lo­cal pric­ing and full spec­i­fi­ca­tion de­tails of the new Jimny will be avail­able closer to the launch date.

Distinc­tive look of lat­est Suzuki Jimny.

New model re­tains sep­a­rate chas­sis 4WD ar­chi­tec­ture.

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