Order book reopened for Suzuki Jimny three-door automatic

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More than 10 months after orders for automatic versions of the three-door Suzuki Jimny were paused, the two-pedal off-roader is back on sale in Australia.

Automatic versions of the three-door Suzuki Jimny are once again available to be ordered, after the Japanese car-maker’s local division secured supply of the two-pedal small 4×4 for 2024.

In a media statement, Suzuki Australia’s General Manager, Michael Pachota, announced increased production of the Jimny automatic has resulted in orders for the model resuming as of today.

“Whilst back orders are still reaching as far as the second half of 2024, we have managed to secure incremental volume that will allow us to flick the switch back on for the auto transmission in Jimny”, Mr Pachota said in a media statement.

Orders were paused indefinitely for the Jimny three-door automatic in January 2023, amid 18-month wait times for Suzuki’s pint-sized off-roader.

While the order books were reopened eight months later in September, just 500 examples were made available – with the allocation exhausted within five hours.

Prior to the order pause, the Suzuki Jimny automatic was priced from $33,490 plus on-road costs – a $1500 premium compared to manual versions.

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The five-door Suzuki Jimny XL

The news of the three-door Jimny’s automatic transmission returning comes as the five-door Jimny XL launches in Australia – with the choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed auto, as with its smaller sibling.

Though unconfirmed by Suzuki Australia, it is likely the Jimny XL’s arrival has led to buyers in the queue for an automatic three-door Jimny moving to the five-door variant instead.

Between January and the end of November 2023, Suzuki has reported 4426 Jimnys as sold in Australia – a 5.5 per cent reduction on the same period a year prior when the automatic was on sale but delivery backlogs hampered its roll-out.

The intake of orders for the manual Suzuki Jimny has increased by more than 250 per cent since the automatic pause earlier this year, though the three-pedal option was previously responsible for just 20 per cent of the model’s sales.

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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