Suzuki has confirmed its loveable little Jimny will return next year as a commercial vehicle.
The model, which launched in 2018, was subject to rave reviews and attracted high demand from the moment it was revealed, but was limited to just a few thousand units.
Due to its high CO2 emissions, the Jimny put Suzuki at risk of fines from the EU average fleet emissions targets so it was withdrawn from sale in July.
By homologating it as a commercial vehicle, it is subject to a less stringent target figure of 147g/km (versus 95g/km for passenger cars), which will help Suzuki reduce potential EU fines.
When the Jimny Commercial goes on sale next year it will have no rear seats, providing up to 863 litres of cargo space.
Suzuki says the light commercial vehicle model features the same “authentic, uncompromising off-roading performance” as the passenger vehicle model with key essentials – a ladder frame, the three angles, 3-link rigid axle suspension and ALLGRIP PRO, a part-time 4WD system with low range transfer gear.
It is powered by the same 1.5-litre petrol engine, which emits 174g/km of CO2 (WLTP) and returns around 45mpg.
Prices are yet to be confirmed but Suzuki has said volumes of the new Jimny will continue to be limited.