The new Jimny is here, or not...
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.