The Suzuki Jimny has no real competitors, as the rest in its segment are strictly oriented towards the tarmac, so this has forced publications across the world to think up creative ways to put the tiny off-roader through its paces. That includes tests of the Jimny against the likes of the Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
When the current generation Suzuki Jimny was first unveiled, parallels were quickly drawn between the Jimny's blocky shape and the design of the legendary Mercedes-Benz G-Class that's been with us for four decades. Aftermarket shops have since taken advantage of the perceived similarity of the two vehicles, and by swapping some exterior components, it's possible to make the Jimny look like a tiny version of the G-Class. Here's an attempt by a Dubai outfit. Fast Car Service has taken a Jimny and grafted on bespoke parts to make it look like a really, really small G63 AMG. There's a lot of new stuff on the front end, including the engine cover with fender-top G-Class indicators next to it, a custom bumper and grille, and a bull bar for very small bulls. The headlights are said to be not from the G-Class, but a Wrangler instead – still, they do a lot for the look, as do the wide arches and the side trim that takes after the Benz. Round the back, the bumper-mounted taillights have also received a G-Class shape. And get this – there are side pipes for the 1.5-liter four-banger. Fast Car Service charges $12,250 for the Geländerization of the Jimny, including custom paint, which is roughly half the price of the base car. You could also probably spend the money dressing up an original early-‘80s 240 GD and making it look like a newer AMG version, but for some reason this seems like a better idea instead. Check out Arab GT's video embedded above. Remember to select subtitles!
The new-generation Suzuki Jimny has managed to conquer the hearts and minds of off-road enthusiasts. Unlike other tiny ‘SUVs', it's actually built on a ladder-on-frame chassis, features all-wheel drive, solid axles, low-range gearbox and pretty much everything needed to turn it into a small off-road warrior.
Lake District, U.K. – The Land Rover Defender is to Brits what the F-150 is to Americans. Or rather it was, before it got too expensive and the farmers all switched to Japanese pick-ups. The Defender was effectively put out to pasture, relegated to being a lifestyle trinket. And Land Rover's endless prevarication over replacing the Defender can be partly attributed to this dilemma: Should it be in the original's mold, a fix-it-with-hammers rugged utility vehicle? Or should it concede that market and instead become a premium premium-priced Mercedes G-Class rival? Meanwhile, while Land Rover had dithered, others have capitalized – not least Suzuki's Jimny, which nails the seemingly conflicting demands of the new Defender's brief in one cute, pint-sized package
So too is the Jimny priced at a level buyers in markets where it is offered can chalk up as a discretionary purchase. Dating back to the early 1970s, the Jimny has a heritage of its own to draw upon. But this lo-fi remix of traditional 4x4 tech and functionally slick styling has scored a bullseye for both utility users and the hipster brigade, both of whom place great value in authenticity.