You Can’t Buy The New Suzuki Jimny In The U.S., But You Can See It In NYC

Suzuki chose to pull out of the U.S. in 2012, with its local branch filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, so Americans do not get access to the modern vehicles made by the Japanese company, including the 2019 Jimny.

Still, if you live in the States and want to see what you’re missing out on, the all new-gen Jimny is on display at the New York Auto Show.

So, what’s the reason for bringing the tiny SUV to the U.S. if they have no intention of selling it here? The answer is simple: the Jimny was one of the finalists of the 2019 World Car Awards and won the Urban Car of the Year. With the final leg of the awards being hosted during the first press day of the NY event, the Jimny had to be on stage. And it still is, as that’s good publicity.

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So, what’s with all the hype behind the 2019 Jimny? Well, it has a body-on-frame chassis, all-wheel drive, good ground clearance and a distinctive, boxy design. With an MSRP of £15,499 (equal to $20,218/€17,889) in the United Kingdom, it’s also priced competitively against other ‘urban crossovers’, most of which have nowhere near the off-roading capabilities of the Jimny.

Now, since Suzuki’s new small off-roader is, well… small, it’s also powered by a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter engine with not that much power. Specifically, it pushes out just 100 hp (101 PS / 74 kW) and a mere 96 lb-ft (130 Nm) of torque and is paired to a standard five-speed manual gearbox, or an optional four-speed auto. Not much, admittedly, but enough to support its rock-climbing abilities.

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  • Evo45

    Is it possible to import these in the US?

    • Salih Ahzem

      After 25 years, yes.

      • Evo45

        You can’t even import brand new cars because of that rule? That’s bad.

    • Turismo4GT

      Considering the previous generation was around in more or less the same form for about 20 years since it launched, this new one should be pretty much the same until the next generation in 2038

  • robotlogic

    Looks like it would make for a fun weekend off roader.

  • Harry_Wild

    Suzuki‘s Jimny needs to get back not the U.S. Honda should just label it and make it the HR-V2 and turbo the engine!

    • Benjamin B.

      Problem is that the Jimney is not a crossover. It is body on frame. Meaning body roll is ridiculous. It doesn’t compare to these small B-segment compact crossover hatchbacks.

      • Vanishing Boy

        The thing is the Jimny will belong to the A-segment category, Toyota has the CH-R and RAV4 covered in the A and B-segment CUV fronts.

        But the Jimny (Micro Cruiser) would be a perfect specialty-niche 4×4 vehicle for US consumers. Especially with the demise of the FJ-Cruiser and the 4Runner being too big and expensive!

        Like the MX-5 Miata, there will be always a demand for vehicles like these! 4×4 and overland fans are a plenty nowadays! Toyota just has to market the vehicle right and it will be a success for both Toyota & Suzuki.

    • Vanishing Boy

      Toyota could hold Jimny’s distribution rights, since Suzuki has some partnership with Toyota. And rebadge the tiny Suzuki as the Toyota Micro Cruiser!

      • ME

        There was a rumor about that. Not sure if I can find links about it.

  • Benjamin B.

    I don’t consider the Jimny an urban car.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      You might not but many will use it that way.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      True….because it’s an off-roader

    • Alberto V

      I use my new jimny for what it is intended, but also around city sometimes and it´s great, it´s small, it fits everywhere, it has a small engine so it´s frugal (it replaced a Jeep, that´s what I compare with).
      It´s tall (taller than many suv) and has great all round visibility; also, it´s size makes it great while switching lanes in trafic.
      All in all it´s a great city car, but is it the best? for me, yes, because it´s a city car that can take me offroad.

      What some see as lack of refinement or confort others see as practical and less prone to fail; the less toys a car has the less fail points it carries.

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