Suzuki Australia says it’s already fielding an excessive amount of enquiries concerning the long-wheelbase five-door Jimny 4×4 – a automobile that formally doesn’t but exist, however which is clearly across the nook.
As these spied photographs of a late-stage prototype automobile printed in July present, the extra sensible Jimny spinoff is edging nearer to a reveal, although we’re nonetheless connecting some dots.
Anticipated to begin manufacturing within the first half of 2023, the Jimny five-door will construct on the success of the three-door – which broke its Australian supply document final month and stays topic to lengthy wait occasions regardless of launching greater than three-and-a-half years in the past.
It’s clear Suzuki Australia is extremely enthusiastic about getting the five-door right here to faucet into this unrelenting demand. The Jimny’s famously devoted fan base is displaying nice curiosity, as confirmed to us by Suzuki Australia normal supervisor Michael Pachota final week.
“It’s nonetheless a hypothetical automobile. However with that stated, the notice round spy pictures and so forth, [it] has intrigued so many potential patrons on the market out there, particularly in Australia,” Mr Pachota stated, including some folks had already tried putting an order, regardless of the automotive not really being revealed and even formally confirmed.
“I can inform you, simply based mostly on the extent of intrigue, and the quantity of buyer suggestions that we have now had by our social channels, and even normal enquiries of individuals hitting us up asking when it’s coming, that it [would do] in addition to, if not higher, than the three-door, in my view.”
There are nonetheless extra questions than solutions across the longer Jimny, together with what engine it would use (the three-door’s 75kW and 130Nm 1.5-litre petrol wouldn’t be a lot for a five-door automotive), how a lot larger will probably be although it seems to be so as to add round 300mm, and what its inside security and tech options will probably be like.
Earlier rumours have steered the five-door Jimny would share the naturally-aspirated powertrain, however our spy photographer famous on the time the prototype was driving “with none engine noise”. This implies the Suzuki Jimny five-door may have some type of electrified hybrid powertrain choice.
Suzuki makes the three-door Jimny in each Japan and (as a CKD equipment) in India, with Australian vehicles coming from the previous. It’s unclear what the sourcing plan for the longer model will probably be, but it surely may technically be both.
Suzuki Australia’s success with the three-door Jimny.
The present-generation Suzuki Jimny simply had its finest ever month of Australian buyer deliveries in August, having been on sale right here for the most effective a part of 4 years.
It delivered 672 Jimnys to prospects final month, taking the year-to-date whole to 3630 items – up 70 per cent. It was Suzuki’s top-selling automobile in August by some margin.
Regardless of the improved provide that means extra Jimnys are going into buyer arms, Suzuki says demand is simply rising with time – regardless of the actual fact it doesn’t even hassle to promote the one-of-a-kind child 4×4.
Which means these wait lists will stay an element.
“The order-write is so big that even when we proceed with these type of numbers, we nonetheless wouldn’t be capable of clear our again orders nicely into this subsequent yr,” Mr Pachota instructed us this week.
Wait occasions have been out past 12 months, relying on grade and color, with the corporate altering its back-end processeses in Could final yr to attempt to ease wait occasions.
Within the meantime, they’re going for a fairly penny within the classifieds. The advisable retail value tops out at $31,490 earlier than on-road prices of some grand, but there are at the moment 117 going for above $40,000 on Carsales.
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