The Suzuki Jimny has been reintroduced to the UK market as a light commercial vehicle which will be sold in very limited numbers throughout the remainder of 2021. In order to reclassify it, Suzuki has stripped out the rear bench, making the Jimny a two-seater 4×4.
In doing so, the Suzuki Jimny now boasts a load area compartment that can accommodate 863 dm3 of space with a flat floor and safety cargo partition. This makes it 33 dm3 more generous than the passenger variant with the seats folded down. Only one specification of the LCV is available which gives the 4×4 air conditioning, AllGrip Pro selectable 4WD with a low transfer gear, a radio, dual sensor brake support, 15-inch black steel wheels and cruise control with a speed limiter.
Like the standard Suzuki Jimny, the LCV maintains its ladder frame chassis with a three-link rigid axle suspension for conclusive off-road performance. Including VAT, the Suzuki Jimny LCV has been priced at £19 999 (approximately R400 000).
Two months ago, a report out of Australia suggested that the soon-to-be facelifted Jimny would be arriving in 2022 with a turbocharged and mild-hybrid option in order to bring the product up to current emissions standards, particularly in the European market. This update may also consist of a longer five-door variant in an attempt to appeal to those who require a bit more cabin space.
In January last year, a report revealed that the Jimny was to be pulled from the European market for this very reason. With the regulations having taken effect in 2021, the brand pre-emptively stopped orders to avoid hefty fines on its sales. Suzuki revealed that it would make updates to the Jimny to accommodate the new legislations and that it would be reintroduced in select markets throughout the course of this year.
The model referenced in that report was the commercial vehicle we see here today.