Suzuki exited the U.S. market years ago, and that’s a shame because, like the rest of the internet, we quite like how the fourth-generation Jimny SUV looks.
The Japanese automaker pulled the wraps off of the new Jimny on Monday and lit a fire under enthusiasts. It looks part G-Wagen, but decidedly Japanese; there is a ladder-frame chassis and beam axles on both ends; and a long travel suspension coupled with excellent departure angles will make the Jimny incredibly capable.
So, Chevrolet, can we get something like this? Sure we have the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 to fulfill some of our off-road desires, but nothing affordable and nearly bulletproof like the Jimny. And as the market continues its shift toward SUVs, and off-roading goes mainstream, an Americanized Jimny sounds like a surefire success. How many Wranglers does Jeep sell yearly? And this pseudo product would be even cheaper.
Or, GM could certainly stoke the flames of its Suzuki dealing of yore. Anything to get this cutesy, pint-sized off-roader on our shores.
Alas, we’ll likely never see something quite like the Jimny from any GM brand, but we surely hope Chevrolet jumps aboard the off-roading wagon sooner rather than later. We may not agree with Ford’s decision to drop its passenger cars in the U.S. for just trucks and SUVs, but GM’s crosstown rival does have some promising off-roaders coming in the very near future.