For those who have had the experience of purchasing, or about to purchase a Suzuki Jimny, you’re aware of the considerable waiting time before receiving the actual unit.
Due to the immense demand for the Jimny, the Suzuki's manufacturing plants in Japan can barely keep up
Well, according to a report from Autoindustriya, the Japanese brand will be sourcing the Jimny for the Philippine market from India, instead of the Suzuki plant located in Shirasuka, Kosai, Japan. Suzuki has decided on this move, as it might address the issue with the Jimny’s long waitlist among other advantages.
Now Suzuki, as you already know, has a huge presence in India. Together with Maruti, it forms the Maruti-Suzuki India Limited, which is a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation. Of note, the said entity’s Gurugram plant is already capable of making export models like the Jimny. This specific plant has a production capacity of 700,000 units, which is far larger than what the Kosai plant is capable of. And of course, the report also stresses that the Jimnys made in this plant will be identical to the ones that were made in Japan.
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In addition to the higher production capacity, vehicles made in India that are being exported to the Philippines are also exempt from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Safeguard Duty Tax. If, however, Suzuki Philippines continued to source its Jimny units from Japan, the said tax will of course add on Php 70,000 to its price tag.
Many are and will be enthusiastic for this little, off-road capable brute
Do note though Suzuki Philippines is well aware of the Jimny’s production delays despite moving its production to India. For those unaware, India right now is deep in the battle against COVID-19. As such, many of the Maruti-Suzuki plants in the country have been shut down.
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Know more about Suzuki Jimny 2023
The Suzuki Jimny 2023 is a 4x4, ladder-frame mini-suv. In the local market, this model is available in four different variants. There’s the GL 1.5 MT, the GL 1.5 AT, the GLX 1.5 AT (Monotone), and the GLX 1.5 AT (Two-tone). Their prices range from Php 1,170,000 to Php 1,285,000.
Under the hood, the Suzuki Jimny uses a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of producing up to 101 horsepower and 130 Nm of torque. The entry-level GL variant may come with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the GLX exclusively uses a four-speed automatic transmission. All then come with the Suzuki 4x4 All Grip Pro drivetrain.
Size-wise, the Suzuki Jimny has a length of 3,480mm, a width of 1,645mm, and a height of 1,725mm. It then has a wheelbase length of 2,250mm, and a ground clearance of 210mm.
Locally, the Suzuki Jimny technically doesn’t have direct competitors. Then again, the closest off-road focused recreational vehicles available locally is the Toyota FJ Cruise and the Jeep Wrangler. Size-wise though, the Jimny is more in line with the Hyundai Kona, MG ZS, Geely Coolray, Kia Seltos, Chery Tiggo 2 Pro, Mazda CX-3, among others.
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Cesar G.B. Miguel