[PIMS 2018 - Part 5] Suzuki: The Suzuki Jimny 2019 might come soon

Updated Oct 30, 2018 | Same topic: 2018 Philippine International Motor Show

The new Suzuki Jimny 2019 is believed to reach Philippine shores in the third quarter of next year.

The presentation at the Suzuki pavilion at the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) was graced by the presence of its current frontline models: the Suzuki Ciaz, the new Suzuki Vitara (which looks fetching in two-tone red and black, by the way), and the recently launched new Swift and Swift Dzire. Dance group G-Force and Pinoy rock icon Bamboo treated the crowd to a spectacular display of sight and sounds.

Suzuki Ciaz at PIMS 2018

Suzuki Vitara at PIMS 2018

Suzuki Swift at PIMS 2018

Suzuki Swift Dzire at PIMS 2018

Suzuki models showcased at the PIMS 2018

But the real show-stopper was the reveal of the much-anticipated all-new Suzuki Jimny 2019.

Featuring bigger and boxier proportions than the current model, this tiny terror on the trail looked handsome from every angle. What’s better is that the new Jimny now benefits from a slew of tech features such as an infotainment touchscreen and digital climate controls on higher-spec models. A new engine is also in place under the hood, displacing 1.5L and capable of 102 horsepower and 130 Nm of torque. Transmission choices are a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic gearbox.

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But the real show-stopper was the reveal of the much-anticipated all-new Suzuki Jimny 2019

Some 70 units of the Jimny are already in the country, but before you get too excited, not a single one of them is for sale – yet. Suzuki Auto Philippines General Manager Shuzo Hoshikura explains that these units will be deployed across Suzuki dealerships nationwide so that prospective customers can take a closer look at them, place their orders, then wait for a year.

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Suzuki Auto Philippines general manager Shuzo Hoshikura

At present, the new Jimny is being churned out exclusively by Suzuki’s Koasi Assembly Plant in Japan, and demand has been so high that even Japanese customers are placed on a year-long waiting list.

Hoshikura sounded apologetic when he announced that the new Suzuki Jimny 2019 might not reach Philippine shores until the third quarter of next year, with a retail price of around P1.1 million. However, he clarified that nothing has been finalized yet, so it would be best to wait for subsequent updates from Suzuki Auto Philippines.

Visit Philkotse's 2018 Philippine International Motor Show section to get the latest pictures and reports on all cars and concepts revealed at the show.

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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