The Suzuki Jimny has only been on sale in Japan for five weeks, but already a specialist garage has created custom versions drawing upon the car’s retro look.
Jimny Center Niigata, based in Niigata, in the north of Japan’s main island, Honshu, has customised the Jimny’s grille to bear an old-style Suzuki logo, as well as fitting retro-style wheels to the Jimny, shod in whitewall tyres.
The garage charges around £168 for a custom grille for older JA12-generation Jimnys, which were made until 1996, and £228 for a wood roof lining replacement, although no prices for new Jimny parts have yet been made public.
The throwbacks recall previous generations of Jimny, the first of which entered production in 1970. The garage also customises older Jimnys, with both interior and exterior modifications including bespoke paint jobs, interior cladding and upholstery.
Jimny Center Niigata has already attracted a backlog of interest in Japan, with double-digit orders pending, although the garage hasn’t disclosed how long customers will have to wait for each order to be completed.
The new Jimny goes on sale in the UK in early 2019, months after its Japanese sales debut. A price of around £14,000 is expected for the 101bhp 1.5-litre micro-SUV.