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2019 Suzuki Jimny confirmed for Australian market, on sale early 2019

Suzuki Japan has confirmed the next generation Jimny will go on sale in Australia in the first quarter of 2019, with the first vehicles set to land on our shores towards the end of the year. The all-new model is set to continue the “core character” of the small 4×4, which has been available for almost 50 years.

The Jimny will feature a “functional exterior and interior” and will sit on a ladder frame body. The 4×4 system, named ALLGRIP PRO 4WD, will come with reduction gear and rough road ability. Australian models will be powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder (codenamed K15B), while some overseas versions of the little 4×4 will come available with a 0.66-litre turbo three-cylinder.

Some of the standard features include high beam assist, daytime running lights, as well as satellite navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Driving aids such as hill hold and hill decent control will also be available.

Suzuki says that safety has been put at the “forefront of the design” to “create a modern car for modern needs”. Standard safety equipment will include front dual, side and curtain airbags, as well as electronic stability control.

Chief Engineer for the next generation Jimny, Mr. Hiroyuki Yonezawa, said:

“The Jimny has been loved by customers around the world for nearly 50 years since its launch in 1970. It became an indispensable part of customers work, life and outdoor activities with its excellent off-road performance and high manoeuvrability.”

“20 long years have passed since the last model change in 1998, making it the third full model change significant in Jimny history.”

The all-new Jimny will represent the first time since 1998 that the little off-road chassis has seen a major update. It only takes one look down a off-road track to understand how popular they have become, especially here in Australia. Stay tuned for pricing and exact model specs towards the end of the year.

 

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Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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