CHINESE FIRM TURNS SUZUKI JIMNY INTO MERCEDES G WAGEN REPLICA

The Suzuki Jimny, everyone’s favorite off-road SUV not sold in America, has undergone a transformation in China. If it looks familiar, your eyes are not mistaken.

Motor 1 reported Saturday that this Mercedes-Benz G-Class conversion kit comes from an unknown Chinese builder. The photos surfaced on GTBoard.com and depict a miniature in the G-Class. We have to admit, the resemblance is uncanny. The front boasts the same grille with vertical slats, round LED lights span the headlights, and there’s even a bull bar to replicate the iconic German off-road SUV. The standard Jimny already profiles a lot like the G-Class, but this kit makes it a shrunken carbon-copy.

The Suzuki emblems are still displayed prominently throughout. The front gets a massive “S” badge, and the rear sports the Suzuki logo on its body-color-matching tire cover. We also note different taillights to mimic the Mercedes-Benz better. Hell, there are even twin exhaust pipes exiting on the side to mimic the hotter G63 SUV from Mercedes-AMG.

Although the Mercedes comparisons are inevitable for the standard car, its design is actually meant to recall the original Jimny introduced in the 1970s. The first-generation SUV also debuted a boxy profile with road headlights.

We don’t know if this anonymous Chinese firm has done anything to the Jimny’s cockpit, but the standard gear hardly cuts it as a Mercedes-Benz. While we like the utilitarian look of the standard interior, it’s no match for the G-Class that costs tens of thousands of dollars more.

In the end, this is all a “look but don’t touch” ordeal. Suzuki dropped out of the U.S. in 2012 and there are no plans to sell the Jimny here. All in all, that’s one big bummer.

Source: www.motorauthority.com

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