Converted by Suzuki New Zealand in Whanganui, the Jimny ute starts life as a Jimny JX SUV, which has less standard specification than its Jimny Sierra sibling sold exclusively in Australia (and also across the ditch).
This means the Jimny ute gets black steel wheels, halogen headlights and a plastic steering wheel as standard, while a touchscreen multimedia system and climate control are notably absent.
The Jimny ute gets black steel wheels and halogen headlights as standard. Image credit: Driven
During the conversion, the Jimny JX’s rear end is sliced off and a steel tray is added in its place, while the back of the new single cab is cleaned up, with a carpeted storage space behind the front seats included. The result? A Jimny ute, of course.
Critically, the Jimny ute is only available with a five-speed manual transmission, which is mated to the familiar 75kW/130Nm 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine.
Pricing starts from $NZ37,990 ($A37,278) plus on-road costs, making the Jimny ute $NZ12,000 ($A11,775) more expensive than the Jimny JX. For reference, the manual Jimny Sierra checks in at $25,990 in Australia. The automatic version commands a $2000 premium.
CarsGuide has contacted Suzuki Australia to see if it plans to offer the Suzuki Jimny locally.
Inside, a touchscreen multimedia system and climate control are notably absent. Image credit: Driven