It's adorable and we'd break the law to import one.
In the US market, even the smallest pickup trucks like the Toyota Tacoma are still quite large, relative to what's offered globally. This may soon change as Hyundai is working on a smaller truck called the Santa Cruz and Ford reportedly plans to offer a model positioned below the Ranger. But even these trucks will likely be larger than the little SUV that has stolen the hearts of automotive journalists: the Suzuki Jimny.
This compact Jeep copycat is powered by a tiny 1.5-liter engine producing just 100 horsepower but the Jimny is light, simple, capable, and reliable. Suzuki even released a Jimny pickup truck concept and now a dealership in New Zealand has turned the idea into a reality.
Offered for sale at West City Suzuki in Auckland, New Zealand, the Suzuki Jimny Flatdeck conversion is performed locally, so chances are you won't be able to get one in other parts of the world. The dealership says the example pictured here is a preorder unit only and if you'd like to buy one, you will have to place an order through the Flatdeck build. This particular example is based on the LX trim level, which is the least expensive model you can get in New Zealand.
This is the epitome of a basic truck with a five-speed manual transmission, manual air conditioning, no vanity mirrors, and no fog lamps. The Jimny LX only gets basic features such as black steel wheels, CD radio with Bluetooth, urethane steering wheel, and daytime running lights.
The dealership has this Jimny Flatdeck listed for $37,996 (New Zealand dollars). This is about $12,000 more than a standard Jimny LX, so clearly this conversion isn't cheap. Although it is tough to do an exact conversion, this would amount to $21,660 in the US which is about $300 more than the least expensive Chevy Colorado. Just like the standard Jimny, there is no way to get one of these in the US.