2019 Suzuki Jimny Australian arrival confirmed; January 26

December 5, 2018

The compact SUV market segment is about to receive an exciting new go-getter, as Suzuki Australia confirms the all-new Jimny will go on sale locally on Australia Day. To the unpatriotic, that’s January 26.

Originally unveiled in June this year, the 2019 Suzuki Jimny sports a tough and rugged design that almost mixes in some elements of the Land Rover Defender and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The panels are mostly flat, with chunky wheel arch extensions and extremely short front and rear overhangs.

Inside, the cabin showcases Suzuki’s latest touch-screen media interface which is used in pretty much all current models. It packs in all of the good stuff, such as sat-nav, a rear-view camera, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There’s also an upright dash with low window sills for optimum outward visibility, and a nice little three-spoke steering wheel.

Suzuki Australia says there are already in excess of 200 pre-orders for the new model, and that’s before the full specifications and prices are even confirmed. Speaking of confirmed, the engine for Australia will be the 1.5-litre ‘K15B’ four-cylinder engine, producing 78kW and 138Nm.

Coinciding with the Jimny’s arrival, Suzuki is also launching the new Vitara Series II. The updated model features a freshened up design, new colour options, and some upgrades to the equipment and safety technology. Speaking about their upcoming arrival, Suzuki Australia GM Michael Pachota said:

“Both the Jimny and Vitara have a strong heritage and following in Australia, which has been none more evident than the demand for pre-orders since the all-new Jimny was confirmed for the Australian market.”

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.