The new Jimny is here, or not...

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO MOTORING -

SUZUKI SA has of­fi­cially launched the new Jimny, and the­o­ret­i­cally you should be able to buy one right now.

But it’s not that sim­ple be­cause as pre­vi­ously re­ported, Suzuki has un­der­es­ti­mated global de­mand and there­fore, get­ting your hands on one will be dif­fi­cult for quite a while.

Our lo­cal agent, Suzuki Zu­l­u­land, says that SA will only re­ceive a ship­ment of 200 ve­hi­cles ev­ery third month and that, ac­cord­ing to those num­bers, the wait will be long be­cause many peo­ple have al­ready paid de­posits and will there­fore have first op­tion.

If you man­aged to get hold of what seems to be the world’s most pop­u­lar 4x4, you have three choices:

In base GA spec­i­fi­ca­tion with a five-speed man­ual gear­box, the lit­tle off-roader is priced at R266 900.

In posher GLX guise (also with a man­ual cog-swap­per), the Jimny comes in at R299 900, while opt­ing for a four-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion on this model takes the price to R319 900.

While ABS, brake as­sist, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, Isofix child seat an­chors and two airbags are stan­dard on all three mod­els, GLX spec­i­fi­ca­tion gets a leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel, elec­tric win­dows, colour-coded ex­te­rior door han­dles, colour-coded side-mir­ror caps, 15-inch al­loy wheels, LED pro­jec­tor head­lamps, key­less ac­cess, front foglamps, cruise con­trol, a 50:50 split rear bench and a seven-inch touch­screen ar­range­ment with

Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto func­tion­al­ity.

Suzuki Auto SA’s web­site ear­lier con­firmed that the new nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 1.5-litre four-cylin­der en­gine in the new Jimny de­liv­ers 75kW and 130Nm (up from the 63kW and 110Nm of­fered by the out­go­ing 1.3-litre) to all four wheels via ei­ther a five-speed man­ual gear­box or four-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Keep an eye out in Au­todealer for a test drive re­port in the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of this iconic ve­hi­cle.

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