Now، we love the new Suzuki Jimny – we gave it a Top Gear award and everything. But it looks like Japan really luuuuurves the adorable off-roader. For this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon، every tuner and his dog seems to be modifying the titchy SUV to be either bigger، butcher or a tiny bit faster. Sometimes they’re doing all three at once.
Being cheap to buy (£15k over here in the UK) and a doddle to strip down، it’s not hard to see why the Jimny’s homeland has gone potty for them. Saying that، we never thought a Jimny monster truck was possible. Or a two-seat load lugging pick-up. Then again، Japan never ceases to amaze.
So، click forth and get drunk on Jimnys، then tell us what you’d do to modify one if you had the opportunity.
We’re not sure who built this، but it may as well be Mansory. It’s got the infamous tuner’s hallmarks all over it. Big wheels? Check. Flared arches? Check. Hood scoop? Check. Thing is، we really like it. It’s like a very angry pug.
Say ‘Konichiwa’ to the Sierra Pickup. Ok، you can stop bowing now. As you can see، this cutesy concept maintains the same boxy silhouette as the standard Jimny but has had its back seats ripped out and an angle grinder applied to the roofline to make room for a practical load-lugging bed.
More than that، they’ve swapped out the front grille and stamped an old school Suzuki logo on it، given it chunkier wheels and tyres، flared arches، some hooks to drag it face-first out of a bog and some LED spotlights at the back of the cab. Put simply، it’s awesome. But then this awesomeness is doubled down on thanks to an aesthetic attribute we haven’t seen since the PT Cruiser: faux wood panelling. Oh yes.