The de-specified Suzuki Jimny Lite will officially go on sale in August 2021 at $26,990 before on-road costs – a $1500 saving over the regular model.
Suzuki Australia also claims to have taken more than 100 orders in the week since the vehicle was announced, and before advertising ramps up.
As we have already reported, the Jimny Lite swaps the standard car’s alloy wheels for 15-inch steelies, its LED headlights for halogen, and the touchscreen with satellite-navigation and phone mirroring for a simpler head unit with Bluetooth.
The 1.5-litre petrol engine is unchanged, but the Lite will only come with a five-speed manual gearbox with a separate low-range four-wheel drive shifter. The regular Jimny’s four-speed auto will not be made available in this application.
Metallic paint is either $695 or $1295, depending on whether you opt for single- or two-tone finishes.
Colours on offer are White, Jungle Green, Medium Grey, Brisk Blue, Kinetic Yellow and Chiffon Ivory, with the last three each available with a black roof.
The first batch of Jimny Lites are expected to leave the Japanese factory in July, with the initial allocation number as-yet undetermined.
As with the regular Jimny – which still has wait lists of six to 12 months in some cases – expect demand for the Lite to outstrip supply.
As we reported a month back, Suzuki Australia had to change its backend in a bid to cut wait times.
The company used to allocate stock to each dealer based on their respective sales performance over the preceding six months. But the rejigged process simply puts everybody who places an order in a national queue.
Regardless of where they are or how their chosen dealership performed, they are the next in line to take delivery.
The Jimny Lite will be sold under the same system. People on a wait list for a normal Jimny who wish to buy a Jimny Lite instead must transfer their order and go into a new queue.
A dedicated page on suzuki.com.au with more information on the Jimny Lite will be live on July 1.