Suzuki Jimny Lite, an essential version for the Australian market

Suzuki Jimny Lite, an essential version for the Australian market

Suzuki Jimny Lite

Suzuki has created a new version of its Jimny off-road vehicle dedicated to the Australian market: it is a version with a reduced set-up called “Lite”. Suzuki Jimny Lite is essential in all respects: the headlights use halogen lamps, the tires are mounted on 15-inch steel wheels and the mirrors have a non-colored plastic cap. Internally, the equipment is slightly richer, but not by much: inside the passenger compartment we find a manual air conditioner, a radio with CD player and Bluetooth connection and .. that's it.

The engine is the 1.5 petrol Suzuki's classic 104hp, which works in conjunction with a 5-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel drive. Australian off-road lovers don't despair though, because Suzuki Jimny Lite is ready to host all the aftermarket accessories dedicated to those who prefer to drive away from the asphalt, to transform this small 4 × 4 into a vehicle capable of tackling any terrain. br>
In recent years Suzuki has done a major renovation on the Jimny range, to the point that the demand for this new model has far exceeded the expectations of the company, generating significant delays on production. Several months ago, moreover, Suzuki was obliged by European Union regulations to withdraw the new Jimny model from the market, as it could not comply with the anti-pollution regulations imposed by the EU: according to some rumors, Suzuki will soon be ready to bring the Jimny back to Europe with a mild-hybrid engine capable of significantly reducing gaseous emissions and therefore falling within the limits set.

Among the planned versions, at the moment it seems only on the Indian market, there should also be a 5-door with turbo engine. The Suzuki Jimny family is set to expand in the coming months, and off-road enthusiasts can't help but rejoice in this news.

2022 Suzuki Jimny Lite price and specs: $26,990 before on-road costs for cheaper 4x4

Suzuki has announced pricing for its back-to-basics four-wheel drive, ahead of its August sales launch.

  • 2022 Suzuki Jimny Lite pricing and specification
  • Cheaper off-roader to start from $26,990 before on-road costs
  • Alloy wheels, 7.0-inch touchscreen and more removed
  • More details due on Thursday, ahead of local launch on August 1
  • 'Outstanding levels of interest' have seen Suzuki announce a price for the new 2022 Suzuki Jimny Lite earlier than expected: $26,990 before on-road costs.

    The stripped-out Jimny comes in $1500 less than the fully-loaded, eponymous Jimny variant already on sale in Australia, which has attracted wait times of six to eight months across Suzuki showrooms nationwide.

    For reference, that's also $3000 more than the Jimny's original retail price when it launched in Australia in early 2019 – owing to price rises in recent months.

    As reported earlier this month, the Lite accounts for its price cut through 15-inch steel wheels and the fitment of a simple radio/CD player, rather than the more expensive model's 15-inch alloy wheels and 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    The Lite also features plastic-like side mirror caps, halogen projector headlights (rather than LED units), and the deletion of the flagship model's fog lights. The images also show climate control has been removed, though it's not clear whether the photos are representative of Australian-specification models.

    Power comes from the same 75kW/130Nm 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol four-cylinder, though it's mated solely to a five-speed manual transmission – with the existing model's four-speed automatic off-limits in the base variant.

    Jimny Lite buyers will have a choice of single-tone metallic paint for an additional $695, or $1295 for two-tone metallic paint. Available exterior colours include White, Jungle Green, Medium Grey, Chiffon Ivory, Kinetic Yellow and Brisk Blue – with the latter three available with a two-tone black roof.

    Further details of the 2022 Suzuki Jimny Lite will be released on 1 July 2021 (this Thursday) through Suzuki's website, ahead of its official Australian sales launch on 1 August 2021.

    Suzuki Australia claims 100 pre-orders were taken for the Jimny Lite in the week following its announcement, with general manager Michael Pachota outlining dealers' desires to learn pricing in a media statement.

    'My phone has been ringing off the hook since we confirmed Jimny Lite last week. Dealers are keen to know pricing, ready to place pre orders to secure customer's places in the queue,' he said.

    'We will maintain the fair allocation process based on customer orders with a queue system as we have done with the current Jimny in 2021, making sure the next order in the queue gets the next car to hit Australian soil, every time.'

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