RE: Suzuki Jimny concepts for Tokyo

RE: Suzuki Jimny concepts for Tokyo

Thursday 3rd January

Suzuki Jimny concepts for Tokyo

Thought the Jimny couldn't be any cuter? Think again...



Despite Suzuki’s fairly modest ambitions for the car, and despite the fact it’s not the best 4x4 in the world, there’s no denying that the new Jimny has been launched to a rapturous reception. A combination of rugged ability with sweet styling has won it many fans already. Expect a few more to follow with the reveal of these new concepts...

Set to debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon later this month, the two Jimnys – called the Survive and the Sierra Pickup Style – aren’t yet confirmed for production, but it’s not hard to imagine a groundswell of public support. Interestingly the Survive is based on the JDM Jimny, which uses a 660cc three-cylinder turbo to comply with kei car regulations. It comes fitted with a winch and tow hook, knobbly off-road tyres, a sump guard and an external roll cage. Β Surely it’s no accident that the makeover looks great, too, toughening up the Jimny just enough to lend some attitude without entirely losing its innocent charm. Let’s hope it’s as tough as it looks...


Even the Jimny Survive must lose out, though, in terms of make-it-now-and-sod-the-cost desirability, to the Sierra Pick Up Style. Look at it! Like a miniature Hilux Invincible or L200 Warrior, it packs all the utilitarian cool of a real life pick up in a teeny-tiny package. Note again the tow hooks and off-road tyres, plus here the wood panelling and spot lights – perfect.

While now based on the Jimny we receive in the UK with its 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine, the Sierra doesn’t look like being a real load lugger of a pick up. Instead the bed looks more suited to serving overpriced coffee and stale sandwiches out of – which they’d certainly have buyers for, if it meant seeing one of these up close.

Hopefully the pick ups can get the go ahead for production, though of course nobody is holding their breath just yet. More news to follow from Tokyo soon!


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Jimbo89

Original Poster:

129 posts

92 months

Thursday 3rd January
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Swwwwweeeeeeeeet. I want all of them.

Amazing. How have they nailed this car so well? Spot on, great work Suzuki.

TwigtheWonderkid

30,517 posts

98 months

Thursday 3rd January
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How about a bloody soft top????

HerniaHotline

4 posts

11 months

Thursday 3rd January
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Ever since hiring a 90s era Samurai softop on holiday last year, I've been completely smitten with these things. Honestly the most fun you can have a 30mph. Every trip was an event.

The car would be utterly impractical for the UK but I'd find it difficult not to put my name down if they did a soft top. Bet they'd hold their value too.


DaveTheRave87

1,419 posts

37 months

Thursday 3rd January
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Awwwwww, it looks like one of Bear Grylls' baby photos.

Sford

196 posts

98 months

Thursday 3rd January
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I think the only thing that will hamper this in the uk market is the lack of four doors.

Nickp82

2,047 posts

41 months

Thursday 3rd January
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Surely the Sierra Pickup Style should be called the P100 style?? smile

fooby

321 posts

48 months

Thursday 3rd January
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Sford said:
I think the only thing that will hamper this in the uk market is the lack of four doors.
This unfortunately. Jimmy's are amazing but having no back doors isn't very handy. That's part of what makes the Jimny special though. It's not a practical family car, it's not comfortable, it's not fast, it doesn't have 5 doors, but it's a Jimny so nobody cares.

flowman

68 posts

157 months

Thursday 3rd January
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Sford said:
I think the only thing that will hamper this in the uk market is the lack of four doors.
...and the fact that you cannot buy one. All of 2019’s meagre allocation is sold, so you will have to wait at least 12 months according to my local dealer.

Numeric

484 posts

99 months

Thursday 3rd January
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I really like the Jimny as a concept - but I really wish they did a light turbo version of it. Just a little more power and a six speed box (not sure if it already has that) and I could have my cake and eat it, as I love everything else about it especially the size, but do have to do the odd motorway trip, while where I live overtaking the odd tourist is almost a necessity.

So I hope soon we get the AMG style version!

Dabooka

255 posts

53 months

Thursday 3rd January
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Numeric said:
I really like the Jimny as a concept - but I really wish they did a light turbo version of it. Just a little more power and a six speed box (not sure if it already has that) and I could have my cake and eat it, as I love everything else about it especially the size, but do have to do the odd motorway trip, while where I live overtaking the odd tourist is almost a necessity.

So I hope soon we get the AMG style version!
I've read elsewhere that next year they may have to revise the engine used in the Euro models for CO2? If that's the case I wouldn't be surprised if they went for maybe a detuned 1.4 turbo (as in the facelift Vitara?), which I thin has a six speed box. Of course it'll need to fit....

In addition, and I appreciate it defeats the purpose, but a five door / SW would fly off the forecourt. This I know belongs in fantasyville

PhantomPH

3,140 posts

173 months

Thursday 3rd January
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Spumfry

1,000 posts

110 months

Thursday 3rd January
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Pretty pointless wishing for pick-ups, convertibles and four-doors when the UK allocation for the standard one was so minuscule.

MonkeyBusiness

3,323 posts

135 months

Thursday 3rd January
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Sford said:
I think the only thing that will hamper this in the uk market is the lack of four doors.
The four doors doesn't bother me but I have a large dog and the boot space is non existent.
Need to see one but if all the 2019 allocation is gone then I presume the chances of one in a local dealer is unlikely(?).

TrickyTrevM5

297 posts

134 months

Thursday 3rd January
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Fantastic...

I like that so many of the Jimny models that they are showing are re-imagined cars from other manufacturers - there is more than a hint of the mid-90s Toyota Hilux / Land cruiser in the pick up truck, the rugged one has a certain Hummer H2 look to it - especially the grill, earlier version were similar to a mini G Wagen - which is making the car appeal to loads of people who like the nod of the cap to these other big name / big price cars - i suspect the far east will buy many of these versions.

Very thoughtful / when the marketing really works.... here is a bunch of petrolheads on website which predominantly favours faster cars (not a criticsim) waxing lyrical about a small slow cheap 4x4 ...!

i imagine that they will shortly launch a McLaren special edition- edition....

8-)

I secretly want a micro G-wagen version..

DaveEvs

29 posts

50 months

Thursday 3rd January
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A branded up one of these would be ideal for my mountain bike business. Sadly I had the same news on the 2019 quota from my local dealer. Great little machine and likely to be very capable in the rough.

oilit

849 posts

126 months

Friday 4th January
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whats the betting there will be a few flipping them (not literally but for extra money !)

I rather like them actually.

Krikkit

16,788 posts

129 months

Friday 4th January
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DaveEvs said:
A branded up one of these would be ideal for my mountain bike business. Sadly I had the same news on the 2019 quota from my local dealer. Great little machine and likely to be very capable in the rough.
I think they've been taken aback by just how popular it's proving in all markets.

Once upon a time the Japanese manufacturers would've staggered the releases in each region to be able to keep up with demand, so Japan in 2019, Europe 2020, US 2021.

DeanHelix

66 posts

103 months

Friday 4th January
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I had a test drive of a Jimny yesterday. I really wanted to like it, but it's not very good.

The cabin is alright, good infotainment unit although it read one roadsign as 80 not 30, which was a bit of a concern. Not very comfy in the back, the rear seat only comes halfway up my back. They aren't seats for a long journey. Also, don't try sitting in the back seats of a Jimny on a test drive by yourself. The front seats don't tilt and slide on the side catch so it's tricky getting back out again. And it's a case of passengers or ability to carry a bag in the boot, not both.

So far to be expected, but the ride is jittery and the steering is woeful. It's a case of turning the wheel and getting "nothing, nothing, nothing, swerve". Driving out of the dealers forecourt, I nearly mounted the pavement, overcorrected to the wrong side of the road and then was heading towards the pavement again. I managed to get up to 60mph on a few straight bits of A road, but cornering at 45-50 with massive body roll, jittery suspension and vague steering felt genuinely dangerous. As in, give it a year and there'll be a good 2nd hand parts market.

On return to the garage, the dealer pretty much said "yeah, it's st isn't it". And yet there's no stock aside from the 1 demo vehicle and a 45 week waiting list. The dealer explained he couldn't take an order even if I wanted one. Not even a brochure. Madness.

tim0409

2,739 posts

107 months

Friday 4th January
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DeanHelix said:
So far to be expected, but the ride is jittery and the steering is woeful. It's a case of turning the wheel and getting "nothing, nothing, nothing, swerve". Driving out of the dealers forecourt, I nearly mounted the pavement, overcorrected to the wrong side of the road and then was heading towards the pavement again. I managed to get up to 60mph on a few straight bits of A road, but cornering at 45-50 with massive body roll, jittery suspension and vague steering felt genuinely dangerous. As in, give it a year and there'll be a good 2nd hand parts market.
I have one on order which should be here in the next month or so; like you I was concerned about the handling and test drove it twice and I've got to say I found it okay.....it's obviously never going to be great but I took it on a mixture of roads and actually found it fun to drive. I hope I haven't made a mistake...

Edited by tim0409 on Friday 4th January 20:22

ian_c_uk

1,063 posts

151 months

Friday 4th January
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To those saying it looks like the G wagen / hilux etc - I assume you have not seen an LJ / SJ / Samurai...

To those saying it doesn’t handle like a modern hatch - I assume you have not driven a ladder chassis 4x4 or original SJ. It’s abilities offroad will make some sacrifices on road.