Compact pickup trucks are becoming popular again. But if you want even something smaller, you’ll need to look for used examples of trucks from yesteryears. Or, you can buy this – the Yomper 4×4 Suzuki Jimny-based pickup, made by Samson Engineering Limited in the UK.
Based on the third generation of the Jimny, you can expect the Yomper truck to be as cute as a button and you’d be right. However, it’s not as simple as tearing the rear cabin off the chassis and slapping on a bed; the work employed was a lot more.
The Yomper 4×4 is available in five flavors but what you see here are just two of them. The JMV225B Bergan is more of a play truck, with body-color rear panels and bedliner. The JMV275 Commercial, on the other hand, was built as a workhorse. Both versions are equally capable, able to carry up to 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) and tow up to 750 kilograms (1,653 pounds).
Stripped down to the bones, the Yomper 4×4 gets a full overhaul to ensure the quality of the build. Every oily bit underneath has been replaced, plus the brakes were even converted to disc ones. Adjustable GAZ shocks and high-quality poly bush kits with castor correction take care of the dampening, giving the Jimny truck additional 50 millimeters (2 inches) of lift.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Suzuki Jimny pickup conversion. In fact, a Suzuki dealer in New Zealand converted some of its base models into a truck before, though that one’s based on the current model.
The Yomper 4×4 is said to be three years in the making, so it’s safe to say the startup company wants to sell its initial builds before it can move forward. That said, ready-made samples are currently for sale on the company’s website, with the JMV225B Bergan selling for £16,995 ($22,943) while the JMV275 Commercial goes for £17,995 ($24,293).