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The Suzuki Jimny Pickup Concept Is The Type Of Truck America Can't Have

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It's adorable and we want it.

Have you driven a full-size truck recently? They are massive. Parking them can be a nightmare and it's a good thing gas is cheap right now given their average fuel economy. Even the so-called mid-size trucks like the Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Tacoma are fairly large. Trucks are the most popular vehicle type in the US, though we believe sales would grow even more if an automaker offered a truly compact option.

If you pay attention to automotive social media, a small SUV called the Suzuki Jimny garnered a cult following despite not being offered in the US. Now, Suzuki has created a pickup truck version, which will debut at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon in January.

The Jimny pickup is based on the Sierra trim level and although it is just a concept, it looks pretty production-ready from what we can see. The production version may drop some of the unique quirks such as the wood siding, light bar, and chrome hubcaps, though this looks far more production-ready than some concept cars.

Suzuki hasn't changed the Jimny's platform to build this pickup, meaning the bed is much smaller than any US-spec truck. Instead, the Jimny had its rear seats removed to make way for additional storage space.

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We will have to wait for the official reveal but we expect the Jimny pickup to be powered by the same 1.5-liter engine producing just 102 horsepower as the truck. This is pretty meek considering the output of most US-spec trucks. Even a base Coraroda produces 185 hp from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. A truck like the Jimny would likely never work in the US given the size of our roads and our passion for powerful engines. Still, we can continue to dream that one day an automaker will build a small truck for the US market. Hyundai has expressed interest in building a small truck so we will continue to hold out hope.