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Want a 2024 Suzuki Jimny XL without the XXL waiting list and coming price hike? Help may be at hand...

Launching exactly five years after the three-door version, the Jimny XL five-door wagon from India should prove just as popular.

If you're really quick and contact your nearest dealer now, there's a chance of an earlier-than-expected delivery of the recently released Suzuki Jimny XL that’s due in showrooms sometime in January.

Plus, as an added incentive for making a move now, we also understand that another price rise is slated for the diminutive 4x4 series from the second quarter of 2024, though by how much is not yet known.

This is according to a source close to Suzuki, reaching out to CarsGuide this week, and revealing that between 2800 and 3000 Jimny XLs from India have been secured by the factory importer, with the intention of having them landed in Australia before the end of March.

Just to clarify, this excludes Queensland and the Northern Rivers region in New South Wales, as Suzuki vehicles are distributed by separate organisation known as Suzuki Queensland.

The extra production numbers is potentially very good news for fans of the Jimny XL.

At the latter's pricing announcement in Sydney earlier this month, Suzuki Australia boasted that over 2000 pre-orders had been received for it up to that point, prompting reports of delivery times stretching as far out as September or October next year. That’s around nine to 10 months away.

The extra production numbers is potentially very good news for fans of the Jimny XL.

However, the not-so-good news is that there is still no word on reduced wait times for the perennially popular Jimny three-door auto. Since its release, runaway global demand has seen wait times blow out well beyond a year.

Following two lengthy stop-sales in 2023 to help work through the backlog, Suzuki Australia General Manager, Michael Pachota, reopened the order books for the Jimny auto again earlier this month, after managing to secure extra production out of Japan – which is where all Jimny three-doors are manufactured. Note the pause did not affect the manual version.

As of earlier this month, it's been reported that the three-door auto is still nine to 12 months away depending on colour, while the three-door manual wait times extend between six to nine months.

However, the not-so-good news is that there is still no word on reduced wait times for the perennially popular Jimny three-door auto. Since its release, runaway global demand has seen wait times blow out well beyond a year.

Even several price hikes seem to have done very little to dampen the appeal of the Jimny, which is not the bargain baby 4x4 it used to be.

With minimal changes since launching in Australia in 2019, the GLX three-door has jumped from $23,990 to $31,990. All prices are before on-road costs.

As of earlier this month, it's been reported that the three-door auto is still nine to 12 months away depending on colour, while the three-door manual wait times extend between six to nine months.

This represents a 28.5 per cent rise - and that's well above the inflation rate.

The Jimny XL five-door wagon is currently priced $3000 more than its equivalent GLX three-door, meaning the five-speed manual starts from $34,990 and the four-speed auto kicks off from $36,490.

If you’re interested in one and don’t want to pay more or wait even longer for one, we suggest you get in quick.

Byron Mathioudakis
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Byron started his motoring journalism career when he joined John Mellor in 1997 before becoming a freelance motoring writer two years later. He wrote for several motoring publications and was ABC...
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