Can't wait to see the all-new Suzuki Jimny in the Philippines? Well Suzuki is giving everyone a chance to see it up close at the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS). Yes you read that right, the new-generation Jimny is here in the country.
Suzuki Philippines is holding a special preview of the mini 4x4 for all to see at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. First revealed back in July, Suzuki's little 4x4 features an revolutionary redesign of the boxy SUV, and comes with new technologies as well as a new 1.5-liter motor.
Despite being all-new, the Jimny keeps its signature profile in its latest iteration. It has a retro-modern design that blends styling elements from past Jimny models. It gets circular headlights at the front and is accompanied by a black five-slat grill which gives it a tough and macho look. Meanwhile the rear comes with horizontal taillights mounted low to the bumper, along with the distinct spare tire carrier at the back.
Just like its exterior, the cabin is also a mix of both old and new design elements. Taking cues from the all-new Swift, the Jimny comes with hooded gauges, a digital climate control (on higher-spec models), and a touchscreen infotainment system. Serving as a throwback to Jimnys of yesteryear, however, is the old-school grab-handle placed on the dashboard. There's also additional faux metal and gloss black trim which shed some of the Jimny's utilitarian feel.
The Jimny will come with a new 1.5-liter inline-four dubbed the K15B. It replaces the old 1.3-liter M13A and puts out 102 PS at 6000 rpm along with 130 Nm of torque. Power is then transferred to either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic gearbox. Like its predecessors, 4WD comes as standard along with a low-range transfer box for better traction off the beaten path.
The all-new Suzuki Jimny will officially arrive in the country in Q2 of 2019 and will come in 3 variants: a base with a manual gearbox, a mid-grade automatic, and a high grade automatic.
But what surprised us was that the price of the 2019 Jimny which, according to Suzuki Philippines head Shuzo Hoshikura, will top out at PhP 1.1 million. (UPDATE: There was a misunderstanding with the indicative price of the Jimny and the text has been altered to reflect the clarification)
The current top-spec Jimny automatic is PhP 965,000.