Suzuki has announced the new 2021 Suzuki Jimny Lite for Australia, which will lower the entry price for Suzuki’s popular pint-sized off-roader.
It is so far unclear how many examples of the Jimny Lite Suzuki plans to ship to Australia. However, a local spokesperson for the brand told CarAdvice the new variant would “definitely bring down wait times,” which currently sit at 6-8 months.
As the name suggests, Suzuki has cut back on standard equipment for the Jimny Lite, with changes inside and out.
Most notably from the outside, black 15-inch steel wheels replace the current 15-inch alloys.
Other exterior differences include plastic-textured side mirror covers, halogen projector headlights and no fog lamps.
The Jimny Lite will also get a more basic in-dash radio/CD player, in lieu of the 7.0-inch infotainment display in the current Jimny.
The 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine carries over for the Jimny Lite, which makes 75kW/130Nm.
However, the Jimny Lite will only be available with a manual transmission. Those wanting an automatic will need to look at the current, more expensive variant.
While production of the Jimny is ramping up in India – including a five-door turbocharged variant – CarAdvice can confirm that the Jimny Lite will be built in Japan.
Suzuki Australia general manager Michael Pachota said the Jimny Lite ordering process will “maintain the fair allocation process based on customer orders with a queue system as we have done with the current Jimny in 2021."
“With demand continuously increasing for this model we are so pleased to be able to add another variant in the line-up and continue to grow our Jimny community with this incremental supply opportunity."
Pricing for the 2022 Jimny Lite will be announced on 1 August 2021. However, CarAdvice understand that the Jimny Lite will be sit below the the current Jimny, which is priced from $28,490 before on-road costs.
A microsite on Suzuki Australia's website will open with more details on July 1.