SV-1, Yugo, Subaru 360, Subaru FF-1 Star, Proton Saga, Chery, Fiat X1/9; that random smattering of cars are just some of the vehicles that businessman Malcolm Bricklin either imported or tried to import. It seemed as if the car was cheap, Bricklin wanted to sell it to Americans. As other countries continue to get vehicles that we won’t see for at least 25 years, it gets some people thinking, can we get Bricklin to give us some forbidden fruit again?
I say this because the adorable off-road champ that is the Suzuki Jimny just got a five-door version. All of us at the Autopian are in love with it. Well, maybe not our professional designer Adrian, who put this new version on his “how the fuck does that move?” list. I think 103 horsepower from a 1.5-liter four is just fine! Just, never leave the right lane. Perhaps David said it best when he drove the two-door version: “The 2018 Suzuki Jimny Is the Off-Road Bargain of Your Dreams, and the Highway Cruiser of Your Nightmares”
Adding two doors can’t help that. But who cares, just look at this pint-sized rugged 4×4!
It’s a full two feet shorter than my Volkswagen Touareg. Heck, it’s two feet shorter than my Passat wagon. And you could probably score the wee little guy for under 30 large in some markets. I think Ranwhenparked has the right idea here with this COTD winner:
Malcolm Bricklin needs to get off his ass and set up a Jimny America import operation already. Yeah, it would be a total scam and collapse in a few years, leaving franchisees and investors in the lurch, but at least they’d sell some of them that would be here to kick around for years as used cars.
For some context, some of Bricklin’s ventures left a wake of pissed-off people around the world when they failed. Vehicles like the SV-1 and the Proton Saga came with big sales promises, but they never quite came to fruition. For an example of what I mean by pissed-off people, just read this article from WapCar, a Malaysian car news site. Wowza!
Believe it or not, Bricklin is still in the car industry even at 83 years old. Currently, he wants to sell you a Bricklin 3EV, a space pod-like EV with Tesla parts. Come on, Bricklin, give us a Jimny, too!
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