Suzuki Jimny supply improves, yet demand remains sky high

Suzuki Australia has sold almost 10,000 new Jimny 4x4s since launch, and is now getting better supply. But demand keeps growing too...

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Suzuki Jimny stock levels are healthier than they were last year, but demand for the market’s smallest 4×4 still outstrips supply – making wait-lists an ongoing factor.

The company delivered 2564 Suzuki Jimnys across the first half of this year, up 75 per cent on the same period in 2021, at an average of around 430 each month.

That remarkably enough makes the little mountain goat the company’s second top-selling vehicle – behind the Baleno but ahead of both Swift and Vitara, which have their own stock constraints.

Yet while supply levels have clearly improved over what we got between 2019 and 2021, so too has demand, with the dealer network currently taking on average 140 to 160 orders every week – equating to demand for about 600 units each month.

“As supply gets better, enquiries and orders grow,” Suzuki Australia general manager Michael Pachota told us last week, saying the average wait time (it varies per dealer) is around the 6-8 month mark.

This is reflected in car classified listings, with 67 Jimnys currently advertised on Carsales for north of $40,000 – well above the recommended retail price.

Since the start of 2019, Suzuki has sold a smidgen under 10,000 current-generation Jimny 4x4s in Australia (9673).

There are two Suzuki Jimny spec grades: Jimny Lite and regular Jimny.

Both are just 3645mm long yet have 210mm of clearance, part-time 4×4 with low-range, rigid axles at each end with coils and three linkages per wheel, and a 75kW 1.5-litre petrol engine with a five-speed manual or four-speed auto.

Being so unique, there’s precious little else to choose from.

While not confirmed for Australia, the long-anticipated Jimny five-door is edging closer to production, as our recent spy images prove.

At this stage it’s unclear what Suzuki plans to call this longer Jimny. The Jimny Long name has been thrown around previously but nothing has been confirmed yet.

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