The next-generation Suzuki Jimny - only the fourth major overhaul in the model’s 48 year history - looks set to make its way to Australia, with the company’s local arm having already put in a request for the new 4x4.
Suzuki Australia Managing Director, Michael Pachota, revealed that new Jimny was on the company’s wish list locally, scuttling earlier suggestions the new model might only be available in emerging markets.
“There’s a new Jimny in development from a global perspective. There’s been a lot of leakage in the media in regards to some images that weren’t officially released by Suzuki Motor Corporation,” Pachota told TMR.
Traditionalist will also be pleased to hear that the new model won’t abandon the current car’s three-door form, something that buyers hoping for added practicality may be disappointed to hear.
“At this stage all I’ve seen in terms of the research and development side of Suzuki Japan, and what they’ve released to us, at this stage it’s just a three-door,” Pachota said, although he sees the potential for added variants, including a return to the cab-chassis ute offered until 2000 as the Sierra Stockman.
“The Australian market definitely wants it. We’ve heard a lot of feedback from the dealer network and customers alike in regards to the demand for something like that, especially with the farming industry... There’s a huge opportunity for a car like that,” he said.
Despite online images surfacing from internal Suzuki presentations during 2017, little is known about the new model’s mechanical set-up, although as with the current generation the new model is expected to retain a ladder frame chassis and low-range 4x4 system, giving it a distinct point of difference against a rising tide of compact crossover SUVs.
The new vehicle could also be in-line to adopt some of Suzuki’s more high-tech features currently not offered in the third-generation model with compact turbocharged engines and safety systems including autonomous emergency braking potentially to be offered in some markets.
The small off-roader’s future direction is still be be settled on for Australia, but the model’s continued popularity here means Suzuki Australia won’t be turning its back on the formula.
We’ve had great success with Jimny, and dealers and customers alike are demanding for the vehicle’s return,” Pachota said.
“We definitely see a great opportunity for that car in this market and at this stage we’ve put a request in to hopefully try to receive the car, if not late this year early next year, but there’s been no confirmation to date of this yet.”
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