Suzuki Joins The Jimny Makeover Party With Woody Pickup And Survive

Suzuki got tired of letting aftermarket companies steal the limelight with the new Jimny so the automaker brought two custom concepts based on its tiny off-roader to the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Previewed last month, the Jimny Sierra Pickup Style and Jimny Survive studies look even better in the metal. The former is based on the widebody Jimny Suzuki sells in Europe and other markets while the latter uses the Jimny Kei car as a starting point.

The pickup envisions a retro-styled, pint-sized workhorse that even features wooden panels on the sides. It also has a very colorful cabin with plaid seats — only two of them because the rear bench got ditched to make room for the truck bed. Despite that, there’s still some storage space behind the seats.

Suzuki doesn’t mention the payload but the bed seems larger than what one would expect from such a small vehicle. Suzuki sees the Jimny Sierra Pickup Style as a lifestyle pickup targeting people who enjoy DIY activities.

Conquer the great outdoors with the 0.66L Jimny Survive

As for the Jimny Survive, it’s an adventure-focused model equipped with an outer roll cage, steel protective plates on the fenders, steel front skid plate, and a steel front bumper equipped with a winch and tow hooks.

The tiny off-roader also features protections for the headlights and taillights, a tailgate-mounted ladder, and a bunch of accessories on the roof including a shovel. The aftermarket wheels shod with off-road tires round off the exterior tweaks. As for the interior, it features seats with fur bolsters at the front and no rear seats. The rear compartment is used for storage and maybe sleep for those who are flexible enough to fit.

Suzuki says the Jimny Survive is designed to “run through nature even under extreme conditions” — despite the fact that it only packs a 64hp (65PS) 0.66-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. It’s described as a “reliable companion” that satisfies the adventurous spirit of the Jimny driver.

The carmaker didn’t mention any plans to build the concepts but the Jimny Survive seems a safer bet than the pickup.