After a brief period of teasers, Suzuki Cars Malaysia (Naza Eastern) has now brought in the much anticipated 4th-generation Jimny as their second model on sale locally after the Swift Sport.
Despite its small dimensions, the 4x4, which arrives in a sole variant fully imported from Japan, is being sold with a price tag that might catch some people off guard: RM168,900 on-the-road without insurance and inclusive of the 50% SST discount.
Its local distributors have decided to forego a launch event, even a virtual one, and have opted to just make the Jimny available and open for public viewing at their Petaling Jaya showroom. Drop by and take a look if you have the time.
This sole variant is, from what we can gather, quite similar to the range-topping Sierra available in other markets, but don’t expect much by way of creature comforts or much luxury. The Jimny was always going to be a more rugged, function-first machine.
Standard features include 15-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED fog lamps, cruise control, single-zone climate control, manually adjustable seats, fabric upholstery, and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay connectivity that pumps audio through 2 speakers. Yes, just two.
It’s pretty barebones on the safety front as well with 2 airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, brake assist, and ISOFIX mounting points on the rear seats.
Up front and under that charmingly square bonnet we find a 1.5-litre K15B naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that pumps out 100hp and 130Nm that’s mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission and Suzuki's AllGrip Pro part-time four-wheel-drive system.
The front and rear axles are connected/disconnected via hydraulic viscous coupling and come with a low-range transfer box for some true off-roading ability.
It remains to be seen if the Jimny in this form and at this price will attract the sales numbers Suzuki needs to stay afloat in Malaysia this time around. For some buyers, the Jimny has no substitute and will happily pay the RM170k regardless of any rivals new or old.
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