Suzuki Jimny Turned Into An Awesome Little Turbocharged Truck


The mighty Suzuki Jimny went through a series of modifications by the Italian company Z.Mode, transforming it into an adorable turbocharged truck. The special edition will remain a one-off, however, Z.Mode is offering the Suzuki Jimny NEXT pickup conversion in a limited production of 22 units looking nearly as cool as their queen.

This is not the first time we see a pickup based on the Suzuki Jimny, with several companies from all over the world offering similar kits. However, Z.Mode’s take looks to be one of the coolest yet.

Read: New Yomper 4×4 Launched In The UK As A Cute Pickup Based On The Previous-Gen Suzuki Jimny

The inspiration for the project came from the Suzuki Samurai. Unlike the majority of pickups, the Jimny Next doesn’t have an elongated rear overhang which means it is as compact as the SUV. The off-road credentials of the 4×4 are further improved thanks to a suspension adding an extra 75 mm (3 inches) of ground clearance, with another 25 mm (1 inch) added from the larger grippy tires. As a result, the approach, breakover, and departure angles are 51°/38°/60°, a significant improvement over the stock 37°/28°/49°. The off-road-focused upgrades include differential protectors, heavy-duty shafts, and a detachable anti-roll bar.

Visually, the Suzuki Jimny Next pickup retains the original bodywork besides the rear portion of the roof which has been cut off. The sheet metal is hammered and welded for an OEM-style look, while the rear bed is made of shockproof and UV-resistant ABS/ASA plastic compound. In order to increase rigidity, Z.Mode added an internal structural roll bar behind the seats, connecting it to the rear bulkhead, the floor, and the ladder frame. The pickup can be personalized with a snorkel, a winch, mud flaps, LED bars, stickers, a bonnet net, and a selection of 15-inch wheel designs including steelies, alloys, and beadlock-style rims.

The exposed cargo area might be small in size, but it adds practicality to the Jimny which is currently exclusively offered in two-seater form in Europe and in the UK due to the strict emission regulations. It is rumored that Suzuki will bring a hybrid engine on the facelifted Jimny that will also gain a longer five-door variant, although a Jimny pickup like the ones from Z.Mode is not something you should expect from the factory.

Dubbed the “Golden Queen”, the one-off build was created in memory of Giuseppe Quintavalli, the founder of Z.Mode who passed away recently. It comes with a custom scratch-resistant “golden black” wrap, camouflage stickers on the lower part of the profile and roof, golden stripes, and golden alloy wheels. At the front, the tuner opted for the optional Suzuki grille without the slits and a similar pattern for the bumper intake. The cabin has been reupholstered in leather and Alcantara, with golden crown emblems on the headrests, an aluminum plate, and a small figure of the queen mounted on the dashboard.

Under the bonnet, the 1.5-liter engine received a Turbo Kit comprising a Garrett T25 turbine, manifolds, injectors, and an intercooler. As a result, it now produces 170 hp (125 kW / 172 PS) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque, transmitted to all four wheels through the five-speed manual gearbox. This may not sound like much but it represents a significant increase of 63 hp (46 kW / 64 PS) and 132 Nm (97 lb-ft) of torque compared to the stock naturally aspirated unit. Furthermore, the almost doubled torque figure is available at very low revs, making it ideal for off-road use.

The “Golden Queen” is currently exhibited at Mondo Motori 2022 in North-East Italy and will make appearances in many other shows with Z.Mode not accepting orders for the special edition. However, if you want to be one of the 22 owners of their Jimny pickup conversion or upgrade your Jimny SUV, you can visit the company’s official website. For those wondering about the price of the pickup, a finished example of the naturally aspirated Suzuki Jimny Next will cost you €62,222 ($65,693) including the donor vehicle and all of the modifications.


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