At long last, the fourth-generation 2021 Suzuki Jimny is Malaysia-bound. What was once a distant wish, will soon turn to reality as Suzuki is officially back in Malaysia, thanks to Naza. Understandably, some of you may be excited at the prospects of buying the Jimny via official channels over recond car dealers, so let’s dive in. When is the Suzuki Jimny launching in Malaysia? Earlier this week, Naza Eastern Motors confirmed that they will be launching the 2021 Suzuki Jimny in August. Yes, that s less than three months away people! Despite not announcing any details like prices or specifications, Naza Eastern Motors has received almost 20 orders for the Jimny. Also Read: 2021 Suzuki Jimny launching in Malaysia in August, 20 orders received What is the Suzuki Jimny’s expected price? 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. Also Read: RM 200k Suzuki Jimny sold out in Thailand, what about Malaysia? Are there any direct rivals to the Suzuki Jimny? Mini Defender or G-Class, anyone? 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. Also Read: Scoop: Daihatsu plans to launch Suzuki Jimny rival by end of 2021, to be called Rugger? Value User s Car What powertrains does the Suzuki Jimny get? 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. Also Read: The Suzuki Jimny defies logic – used units are priced higher than new ones Will the Suzuki Jimny get ADAS features? 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. Lower-spec model pictured. Note the halogen headlights and steel wheels 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. Dimensions Model Jimny Ativa Length (mm) 3,550 4,065 Width (mm) 1,645 1,710 Height (mm) 1,730 1,635 Wheelbase (mm) 2,250 2,525 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. Trade in User s Car Form Also Read: Philippines Suzuki Jimny is now CBU India, Malaysia to be CBU 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.