Suzuki has sat on the sidelines long enough watching aftermarket companies have fun with its all-new Jimny.
It is now the Japanese automaker’s turn to reveal the first custom concepts based on the diminutive off-roader. Scheduled to debut at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon in mid-January, the two Jimny builds are both quirky and attractive — as are most creations teased for this edition of the show.
The first concept is called Jimny Survive and is based on the JDM model powered by the 0.66-liter turbocharger three-cylinder engine — the one classified as a Kei car. As the name and looks suggest, this is a rugged vehicle designed to operate in extreme conditions.
Notice the protections for the headlights, steel front bumper equipped with a winch and tow hooks, outer roll cage, rear window delete, and aftermarket wheels shod with off-road tires. This Jimny looks like it’s capable of doing some serious stuff, despite packing just a 63 hp (64 PS) engine.
The second custom study is based on the Jimny Sierra, the wide-body model sold in other parts of the world with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It’s called the Jimny Sierra Pickup Style and it envisions a retro-styled tiny workhorse — notice the wooden panels on the sides.
The Jimny “truck” features a body-colored grille, rugged-looking front bumper with tow hooks, and additional LED lights mounted on the roof. Suzuki doesn’t provide details regarding the bed size, but we wouldn’t count on the Jimny Sierra Pickup Style to carry more than two or three backpacks.
Besides the two Jimny-based concepts, Suzuki will also reveal the Swift Sport Yellow Rev which apparently is all about the yellow paint — exclusive to the show car.