The Suzuki Jimny has been a favorite among car enthusiasts for more than half a century. Beyond its good looks right off the showroom floor, owners are fond of dressing up their Jimnys in various ways. If you’re a Jimny owner or someone who aspires to own one, Suzuki Australia has announced a line of special edition Jimnys that show us how to tastefully style the mini off-roader.
Suzuki calls it the Jimny Heritage special edition, a limited-run version of its popular mini SUV to celebrate the model’s origins. The Jimny has been a commercial success since its launch in 1970, and the Heritage special edition pays homage to the vehicle’s illustrious past.
The Jimny Heritage special edition is based on the GLX trim level in the Land Down Under and comes with exclusive features that separate it from the standard model. The most noticeable difference is the retro-style decals on the sides and back that pay tribute to classic SUVs. The Heritage special edition also comes with red mud flaps and a unique cargo tray. Only 300 examples of the Heritage special edition will be produced, making it a rare and desirable vehicle for collectors and enthusiasts alike.
In addition to its unique visual touches, the Jimny Heritage special edition comes with features from the standard Jimny, including automatic LED headlights, front fog lights, reversing camera, and safety systems such as lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking. Inside, there’s a seven-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, a two-speaker sound system, a leather steering wheel, satellite navigation, and climate control.
One notable feature that is missing from the Heritage special edition is cruise control. This omission could be seen as an attempt by Suzuki to recreate the old-school driving experience that the Jimny is famous for. Similarly, the Heritage special edition is only available with a five-speed manual transmission, as the 4-speed automatic gearbox is not an option. This is connected to a 1.5-liter gasoline engine capable of producing 101 horsepower and 130 Nm of torque.
The part-time four-wheel-drive system is also part of the drivetrain, allowing the 300 lucky owners of the Jimny Heritage special edition to go out for an off-road adventure. The system offers 2H for improved fuel efficiency on paved roads, as well as 4H and 4L for better traction on off-roads. With its serious off-road chops, the Jimny Heritage special edition is a great choice for drivers who like to explore beyond the beaten path.
Suzuki is selling the Jimny Heritage special edition in Australia for a starting price of $33,490 (Australian dollars) or around p1.2 million, with three optional paint colors available for an additional fee. The standard color is white. Available paint colors include Black Pearl, Jungle Green, and Medium Grey, giving buyers a range of choices to customize their Jimny Heritage special edition.
While it doesn’t look like the Jimny Heritage special edition will be available in other markets such as the Philippines, let it be a guide on how not to overdress the tiny SUV.
Meanwhile, Suzuki Auto Philippines has announced that a longer, five-door Jimny will be released in the future, with the company already mulling over it. The catch is it won’t be soon.
Suzuki Global, on the other hand, has also teased a purely electric version of the Jimny that is scheduled to arrive later in the decade. The EV was primarily announced for Europe, where the conventionally powered model had to be temporarily retired before coming back as a commercial vehicle due to the EU’s stricter emissions regulations.