Bangkok 2019: Suzuki Jimny launched, from RM199k!

Good things don’t come easy, or cheap. The fourth-generation Suzuki Jimny is super cool, and it is now officially available in Thailand. But the small 4×4 also costs a small fortune – imported CBU from Japan, the Jimny Sierra starts from 1.55 million baht for the five-speed manual and 1.65 million baht for the four-speed auto. That’s equivalent to RM199,019 and RM211,852 respectively.

The transmissions are linked to a part-time 4WD system with low range transfer gear (2H, 4H, 4L, this ain’t no soft-roader) and a 1.5 litre NA engine with 102 hp/130 Nm. The 1.5L motor is reserved for the Sierra version with the chunkier bumpers and wide overfenders. In Japan, the main seller is the kei car variant with a smaller footprint and a 660 cc turbocharged triple.

The Jimny isn’t as well equipped as mainstream SUVs, but it is after all a basic off-road specialist. One gets auto LED headlamps with washer, leather steering wheel with audio/call buttons, cruise control, auto air con, and a seven-inch touchscreen head unit Bluetooth, navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/Mirror Link.

The front seats are fabric manual chairs and the rear ones split fold 50:50. It rolls on 15-inch rims and skinny 195/80 AT tyres. Safety kit consists of ESP, hill hold control, hill descent control and two airbags. Basic.

Seven colours are available, including three with a black roof. The blue car you see here comes loaded with optional accessories that include silver underguards on the front and side, roof racks, red mud flaps, plus that cool retro grille that we love from TAS 2019’s Jimny Sierra Pick-up Concept. Modern day Toyota BJ40? This is as close as it gets.

Prices might come down when Indonesian assembly starts, but for now, the Jimny will be an expensive little toy in Thailand. Can someone bring Suzuki back to Malaysia, please.