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Suzuki Jimny 2023: orders of automatic three-door paused due to overwhelming backorders


While the automatic is unavailable for now, buyers can still snap up a manual version if they are willing to wait

Suzuki Australia has announced a pause on sales of the automatic-equipped Jimny three-door models as the brand struggles to fulfil a huge list of orders.

Orders will still be taken for the five-speed manual-equipped Jimny in both Lite and GLX guise for three-door models, with no indication given as to when orders of automatic models will be restored.

Suzuki Jimny 2021 range of cars
Suzuki has paused orders of the automatic-equipped Jimny until further notice

Buyers looking to score a Jimny sooner should also consider opting for a single-tone paint job rather than a two-tone colour, as the production volume is said to be greater for the former.

Suzuki Australia said dealers had been asked to review the paint choice of orders already placed in an effort to deliver Jimnys to buyers more quickly.

Metropolitan dealers from Sydney and Melbourne have quoted wait times on the three-door manual of between six and 12 months. 

2023 Suzuki Jimny five-door camping shot
It comes just days after the five-door Jimny was confirmed for Australia

It comes just days after Suzuki confirmed that the India-made five-door Jimny would be coming to Australia, though exact specifications are yet to be confirmed.

The Jimny is far from the only vehicle to have suffered under the weight of its own popularity with Toyota also forced to halt future orders of the 70 Series Land Cruiser after dealers reported wait times of four years or more. 

The compact off-road has gained immense popularity in Australia due to its modern-retro looks and genuine off-road ability (thanks to its ladder frame chassis and 4WD system), combined with its relatively affordable price.

Suzuki Jimny 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Jimny Lite manual: $30,490
  • Jimny manual: $31,990
  • Jimny auto: $33,490 
  • Jimny five-door: TBA