The Suzuki Jimny, despite being mechanically simple, is actually a rather expensive SUV. Since 2019, recond car dealers in Malaysia have begun selling the Jimny, with prices ranging between RM 160k to RM 200k.
When Naza starts selling the Suzuki Jimny, we expect prices to be in the same ballpark as the reconditioned units.
Why is the Suzuki Jimny so expensive?
Simple, really. There’s nothing quite like the Suzuki Jimny today; one that oozes character, thanks to its retro-inspired design.
But the Jimny isn’t all-show-and-no-go, as it is far more capable than its cute looks suggests. The Jimny, thanks to its ladder frame construction and 4WD system, can conquer off-road terrains with ease. In fact, the Jimny can strut its off-road stuff better than any modern-day “SUV”.
The other reason why the Suzuki Jimny is so expensive is because it is imported (CBU) from Japan. Our unfavourable forex is also at play here.
Truthfully, the Suzuki Jimny is a unique one, as it does not have any direct rivals. Granted, the Jimny does take some inspiration from the larger Land Rover Defender and Mercedes-Benz G-Class, but the Jimny is a considerably smaller SUV.
That said, seeing the sheer popularity of the Suzuki Jimny globally, Daihatsu is said to be developing its own Jimny rival, which could be called the Daihatsu Rugger.
The fourth-generation Suzuki Jimny is available with two powertrain options. The Japan-only kei car version of the Jimny gets a turbocharged 660-cc three-cylinder that outputs 64 PS and 96 Nm. As for the wide-body Jimny Sierra (sold as the Jimny outside of Japan), it gets a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre K15B four-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 102 PS and 130 Nm.
Depending on the market, the Jimny gets the choice of a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic, though we reckon that the latter is more likely to be the sole option in Malaysia.
Recond dealers offer a wide range of Jimny models, including the kei car version and the regular Jimny. Some recond dealers also offer the manual version of the Jimny, so if you're a fan of a manual transmission, recond dealers are your best bet.
The Suzuki Jimny, as mentioned earlier, features a part-time 4WD system. A second gear level that is positioned below the main gear selector is used to toggle between 2WD and 4WD modes.
It is unlikely for the Malaysian-spec Suzuki Jimny to offer an ADAS suite, as the recently-launched Swift Sport also lacks that feature. Naza also mentioned that the ADAS suite was not adapted for local driving conditions.
What other features will the Suzuki Jimny get?
Seeing that Naza will be bringing in the top-spec model, we can also expect goodies such as LED headlights, dark silver-finished 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic air-conditioning, and possibly even the option for a dual-tone roof.
How big is the Suzuki Jimny?
Not big, really.
The overall length of the Suzuki Jimny is 3,550 mm, while width is 1,645 mm and height is 1,730 mm. It has a 2,250 mm wheelbase.
Here's a brief size comparison between the Suzuki Jimny and Perodua Ativa, a popular B-segment SUV in Malaysia.
Is it imported or locally-assembled?
Currently, Suzuki has two plants responsible for assembling the Jimny: Gurugram in India and Kosai in Japan. Naza will source the Jimny from Japan, owing to the fact that Malaysia does not have a free trade agreement with India. Malaysia does have a free trade agreement with Japan.
Kinetic Yellow is a given, but what other colours does the Jimny offer?
The Kinetic Yellow that you see here is the Jimny's hero colour. Apart from that, in Japan and Singapore, Suzuki offers an additional seven colours for the Jimny, which includes Brisk Blue Metallic, Chiffon Ivory Metallic, Jungle Green, Medium Gray, Bluish Black Pearl, Silky Silver Metallic, and Superior White.
Anything else that I shold know?
Prior to the Suzuki Jimny's launch in Malaysia, this is your definite guide to the Jimny. Watch this space for more updates.