A few decals and mudflaps and now we want it even more.
The Suzuki Jimny, the car everyone loves to love, has somehow managed to endear itself to us even more with a new limited-run Heritage special edition that takes the little off-roader back in time with retro-inspired touches. This awesome model will only be available in Australia and limited to 300 units, which is a shame because the rest of the world deserves this.
It's safe to say that the Jimny has been a pretty big hit for Suzuki, receiving praise from owners and journalists around the world and soon spawning a five-door and an electric variant. The vehicle, which looks like a little mishmash of a Wrangler and a Bronco, has stolen our hearts even though it's been kept away from our shores since its comeback.
Based on the GLX trim level, the added features include red front and rear mudflaps (with the rears embossed with the Suzuki name), lovely retro body decals that stretch across the side and the back of the car along, a Jimny Heritage cargo tray, and then the "Heritage Pack" which may add some more tidbits to the interior.
The car will be available in four colors: White, Jungle Green, Medium Gray, and Bluish Black Pearl, with all of them being a $695 (AUD) option except the white which is no cost. The other great kicker is the fact the car only comes with a manual, meaning they really want it to go to enthusiasts. The vehicle will also come with a badge denoting its limited-run nature.
The GLX starts at $33,490 AUD which is a little over $22,500 USD and packs some great features like automatic LED headlights, Android Auto and Apple Carplay, a backup camera, fog lights, lane departure, emergency braking, and much more. We imagine the Heritage pack will add another $1,000 or so to the price, but we say however much it is, it's worth it.
When Suzukie reveals models like these it almost seems like it's taunting us. The company had a footing here for decades and only graced us with malaise cars in its last years. A few years after they left though, they got back to their roots and finally deliver something Americans would want, just not to Americans.
All we can hope is that the company comes to its senses soon and at least attempts to offer this car here in a limited capacity, especially with the five-door version coming out. That way Americans won't have to continue to jump through hoops and pay exorbitant prices to get their hands on the model.
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