Having been teased for a a week now, the new fourth-generation Suzuki Jimny is officially on sale in Malaysia. The tiny 4×4 arrives here with a big price – RM168,900 on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a 50% sales and service tax (SST) rebate (the car is fully imported from Japan).

Naza Eastern Motors‘ second Suzuki model is the same plucky little tyke that has garnered fans the world over, thanks to its small size, boxy G-wagen-on-a-budget design and a surprising amount of go-anywhere ability. But the high local pricing is sure to restrict its appeal, as the car is even more expensive than grey market (recon) examples – although you do get the advantage of a three-year/100,000 km official warranty.

For that money, you get a K15B 1.5 litre VVT four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 100 hp at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. It is mated exclusively to a four-speed automatic gearbox and a part-time four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer box. The basic but rugged ladder-frame chassis is suspended using live front and rear axles and coil springs.

As befits its nature, the Jimny is as no-frills as they come – there are no powered seats, electric parking brake, cameras or even parking sensors to be had here, and you even unlock and start it with an actual key. It does, however, come in the searing Kinetic Yellow hero colour (with a black roof), along with other paint options such as Bluish Black Pearl 3, Jungle Green and Medium Grey.

Standard kit includes automatic LED projector headlights, fog lights, 15-inch grey alloy wheels, manual fabric seats, single-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, a seven-inch OEM infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay connectivity and only two speakers.

Safety-wise, the Jimny comes with just two airbags to go with the ABS, brake assist, stability control, hill start assist, hill descent control and rear ISOFIX child seat anchors. As you can imagine, you don’t get autonomous emergency braking or any other driver assistance systems here. Browse full specifications and equipment on CarBase.my.


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