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Japanese students build monster Suzuki Jimny

By Daniel Wong, 04 Nov 2019 News

Nihon Automobile College custom Suzuki Jimny news

Custom jacked-up Jimny gets the supersized treatment.

Despite its diminutive size and humble power outputs, the retro-styled new Suzuki Jimny has all the right 4x4 ingredients to be geared up into something a little more adventurous.

Recently, students at Japan’s Nihon Automobile College gave the Jimny the one thing it lacked, stature, turning their example into a jacked-up overland 4x4 rig as part of a custom car showcase.

Called the Jimny Adventure, the modified Jimny gains a significant lift with a revised suspension system and oversized chunky off-road tyres.

To suit its upsized dimensions and give it more adventure-ready protection, the Jimny’s stock front and rear bumpers have been removed. In its place, the Jimny is lined from roof to base with scrub bars.

Students also took the saw to the Jimny’s original wagon body and removed the rear bodywork aft of the B-pillars, instead replacing the rear shell with what appears to be a removable hard top, similar to the Jeep Wrangler’s removable hard top arrangement.

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While there are no pictures of the finished interior, pictures of the work in progress reveals the addition of a roll cage and a pair of Recaro seats in the cabin.

No further information is given in regards to the powertrain beneath the Jimny Adventure, though it is likely that the students left the Jimny’s original 75kW/130Nm 1.5-litre inline-four engine untouched.

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Though the Jimny Adventure is a one-off project, the Suzuki's little off-roader have become the darling of Japan’s aftermarket scene, with aftermarket bodykit manufacturers producing special kits to give the Jimny the appearance of a miniature G-Wagen or a classic Defender.