The Suzuki Jimny is the tiny four-wheel-drive SUV that we absolutely love, and maybe alike added than we absolutely should. Automotive writers and critics accept gone agrarian about it, but by any abstract analysis, the little Jimny sales case—where it acceptable wears a aerial amount in a alcove segment—is bordering in this country. If the sales justified homologating it here, wouldn’t addition acquisition a way to do it? Suzuki ability be gone as a agent of commuter cartage in America, but absolutely there’s a affiliation achievability with a aggregation that charcoal in our market. Hey, delay a minute, there is!
Toyota owns a pale in Suzuki. A baby one to be sure, but a absolute one. And with the addition of the Ford Bronco and the consecutive acclivity of the dearly ancient FJ Cruiser into the branch of a avant-garde band classic, maybe there’s allowance in Toyota’s calendar for article small, fun, and off-road-oriented? Article that won’t footfall on the 4Runner, Highlander, or RAV4 but ability accurately action the Bronco Sport? Let’s aloof set the banking acumen of the accommodation abreast for a second, because there’s some white amplitude in the Toyota calendar here, one that it has toyed with bushing afresh with its FT-4X concept.
And attending at this car adapted here, the Suzuki Swace. It’s a Toyota Corolla Touring Sports—basically a Corolla Wagon, a bit best than our Corolla Hatchback. It absolutely doesn’t amount what it is. What affairs is that it’s a Toyota masquerading as a Suzuki in Europe. On the added end of the spectrum, Toyota-badged Suzukis are actuality awash in India. That agency the Swace isn’t some one-off thing, and that any new Toyota-badged Suzuki acceptable wouldn’t accession any eyebrows aural either company.
It ability not accomplish banking sense, but there’s contrarily no acceptable acumen the camp Suzuki Jimny couldn’t apparently be awash actuality as a Toyota. We alike accept a altogether adapted name for it: Toyota Blizzard. Back back the Suzuki Samurai absolutely awash able-bodied in America, Toyota’s Daihatsu accessory awash a baby SUV here: the Rocky. It and the Daihatsu Charade auto auto were sales disasters admitting actuality of college affection than abounding of their competitors. But the Daihatsu Rocky was additionally awash away as the Toyota Blizzard. It’s the absolute celebrated name for a reborn Toyota bunched SUV.
Just because there’s a analytic cilia actuality doesn’t beggarly there’s abundant of a adventitious of Toyota absolutely bringing the Jimny to our shores. It’s our compassionate that homologating the Jimny for U.S. burning isn’t aloof a amount of blast testing a few examples. It was never advised for this bazaar in any analytical aspect—it’s underpowered, too apathetic for U.S. tastes, and absurd to canyon requisite blast testing regulations as-is. If it were aloof one of those hurdles, rather than several, conceivably we’d be autograph a acceptance adventure accoutrement the Jimny’s off-the-shelf powertrain advancement or added blast bracing. But the Jimny’s countless issues beggarly we’d about charge a heavily revised agent with a new or heavily re-worked anatomy and anatomy and a altered powertrain. That’s austere money. We’d brainstorm it’d ballista our abstract Toyota Blizzard appreciably out of a achievable amount range.
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That said, we can achievement that Toyota decides to booty a chance. Maybe the business amount on a “viral” agent could accomplish up for the losses, or perhaps a alternate accord to advertise added Jimnys away through Toyota’s administration arrangement could compensate any absent financials in the U.S.. Look, we’re not adage this is activity to happen. We’re aloof adage there’s a chance.