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Suzuki Jimny 2021: stripped-out Lite priced from $26,990


Suzuki has announced the new stripped-back Jimny Lite grade will go on sale with a starting price of $26,990 (before on-road costs).

Although it doesn’t officially go on sale until August 1, buyers have already placed over 100 pre-orders for the new Jimny Lite since it was announced just last week.

Suzuki Jimny Lite 2021 rear
Suzuki is offering the new Jimny Lite grade that strips out some luxuries for a lower price

Previously, the Jimny 4×4 was only available in the single, fully-equipped GLX grade which now starts at $28,490 (before on-road costs) after it received a $2,500 price hike earlier this year.

The new Lite grade will not only be cheaper than the current Jimny GLX but it will also be simpler with a range of luxuries and features stripped out.

These include the 7.0-inch centre touchscreen, and subsequently access to the reversing camera, for a simple CD radio setup with Bluetooth connectivity for your phone.

Suzuki Jimny Lite 2021 feature interior
The 7.0-inch touchscreen has been ditched for a simple CD Radio with Bluetooth for your phone

Suzuki has also swapped out the LED headlights for halogen bulbs and replaced the body-coloured mirror caps for plastic versions.

Other external touches include swapping out the 15-alloys for steelies – leaving room for serious off roaders to fit a set of proper bush-bashing shoes.

Buyers can opt for a choice of metallic paints in either single tone like Jungle Green and Medium Grey for $695 or $1295 for two tone options such as Chiffon Ivory, Kinetic Yellow and Brisk Blue that are all matched with a black roof.

Naturally, all the parts that make a Jimny a proper off roader remain, including the ladder frame chassis matched with low range gearing – and is exclusively available with a manual in the Lite grade.

Suzuki Jimny 2021 chassis
The rugged ladder frame chassis and low-range gearing still remain

Under the bonnet remains the naturally aspirated 1.5L four-cylinder petrol engine which only makes 75kW of power and 130Nm of torque which isn’t what you would call powerful but it only has to move a pint-sized 1,090kg kerb weight.

In some ways the Jimny has been a victim of its own success with Suzuki inundated with demand and customers required to go on a waitlist that can stretch out for several months.

As a result, used examples of the little 4×4 don’t tend to depreciate and new examples can be found at dealerships for upwards of $45,000 driveaway – so what you pay to get a new Jimny out the door in either grade may be more than you expect.  

Suzuki Jimny 2021: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Jimny Lite: $26,990
  • Jimny GLX (manual): $28,490
  • Jimny GLX (auto): $29,990