The Suzuki Jimny has a new variant, which sits at the most affordable end of the Jimny line-up. Dubbed the Jimny Lite, its prices are expected to undercut the standard model substantially.
The Suzuki Jimny Lite has been unveiled in the Australian market. The Lite is essentially a base variant in the Jimny line-up, which gets basic equipment to keep the pricing more affordable. Also, the standard variants of the Jimny have an overwhelming demand, with a waiting period of close to seven months. The Lite has been introduced to help curb the waiting period by offering them a new choice. The price will be announced in the coming weeks, but expect the Jimny Lite to undercut the standard model by a substantial margin.
The Jimny Lite continues with the 1.5-litre petrol engine – the same unit that does duty in the India spec Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, XL6, Ciaz, Brezza, and S-Cross – which is mated to a five-speed manual. The four-speed auto-box has been given a miss in the Lite variant, which still retains the transfer-case 4x4 system. The power figures continue to be the same as before at 102bhp and 130Nm. The cycle parts, such as the suspension system and barking units, have been carried over; however, the Jimny Lite, unlike, the standard variant, only gets steel wheels.
The cabin sees some changes too. The touch-operated infotainment screen has been replaced by a two-din music system, which offers only Bluetooth connectivity – no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto here. The projector headlamp assembly has been replaced by a basic reflector unit.
The standard variant of the Suzuki Jimny is shipped from the company’s facility in India. The Jimny Lite, however, will be produced at Suzuki’s factory in Japan.
Suzuki is also working on an LWB version of the Jimny, which could debut in India by early 2022. The Jimny Lite could also be considered for the Indian market, as the new variant could keep the pricing competitive.