We got to admit, Suzuki is one of the most anticipated brands at the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) because of the 2019 Jimny. The subcompact SUV, the only one of its kind in the world (perhaps, to the extent of our knowledge), made its first-ever appearance in the Philippines.
Behold, the smallest (in size) of the SUV realm is finally coming to the Philippines, but there’s one minor concern. A week ago, Suzuki reported that the global supply of the small SUV can’t keep up with the continuously growing demand for the latest Jimny. So, it’s quite understandable that the petite SUV king is only displayed and presented at the 2018 PIMS so that customers could get up-close and personal with it.
And yes, it’s too early to celebrate its presence in the Philippines because we are off to waiting slightly longer before we see the Jimny on the local roads. But it’s here now, at least up until October 28 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
In a speech at the launch, vice president and general manager for Automobile Division of Suzuki Philippines Shuzo Hoshikura became a little apologetic about the Jimny. According to the Japanese executive, he hates to break that the Jimny won’t be here until next year. There is no definite price yet, but he was generous to lay out some digits to give everyone an idea. The Jimny may enter the Philippines next year with an estimated price tag of P1.1 million.
There are currently seven Jimny Sierras displayed at the World Trade Center as of this writing. Earlier this year, reports said that only the Sierra variant will make it in the country, which is quite fine – as long as we have the Jimny.
The 2019 Suzuki Jimny is currently open for reservations, so if you want one, better reserve now as we assume that there’s plenty already in the line. You may check out the Jimny at Suzuki Philippines’ area at the far-end side of the WTC hall. It’s located on the left side of Mazda Philippines’ display.