The new Suzuki Jimny is set to be assembled in Indonesia. If it’s to be sold in the republic, it would come from one of the company’s four plants in Indonesia, as opposed to being imported CBU from Japan.

This was revealed by Subronto Laras, the president commissioner of PT Indomobil Sukses International at the 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS), where the new Jimny is being displayed to gauge local interest. It’s safe to say that the display Jimny – without any backdrop, standee or special platform – has been one of the most popular cars with the GIIAS opening day crowd. Even president Joko Widodo liked what he saw!

Last month, Indonesia was mentioned as one of the possible sources for the new Jimny for Thailand, the other being Japan. The variant that will be made in Indonesia is the “Sierra” version with the chunkier bumpers, wide over-fenders and 1.5 litre engine, mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto. In Japan, the main seller is the kei car version with a smaller footprint and 660 cc triple.

However, Subronto said that whether the Indonesian-made Jimny will be the 4×2 or 4×4 is yet to be decided, as the company is chasing a competitive price, and the all-wheel-drive version will obviously cost more. Would a Jimny be less attractive without its famed off-road ability? I’d buy one, just for the looks alone.

The Jimny is quite a legend in the off-road world, a true 4×4 famed for its ability to go further down the trail than its size suggests. First unveiled last month, this all-new fourth-generation Jimny continues with a ladder frame; three angles, three-link rigid axle suspension with coil springs; and part-time 4WD with low range transfer gear (2H, 4H, 4L). Once again, this is no crossover – the Suzuki Vitara covers that segment.

The new Jimny comes with a new “x-member” and two additional cross members for further reinforcement and increased torsional rigidity. The approach angle of 37 degrees, ramp breakover angle of 28 degrees and departure angle of 49 degrees are all ample, and allow the Suzuki to climb over obstacles without scraping its underbody.

Like what you see? Unfortunately, as Suzuki no longer sells cars in Malaysia, there’s no chance of us getting our hands on this baby G-Wagen.