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Twisted Automotive Adds Suzuki Jimny To Line-Up

Twisted Automotive, of Thirsk in North Yorkshire, will be adding the Suzuki Jimny to its product line-up — expanding its offering beyond the Land Rover Defender for the first time in its history.

The second-generation Jimny proved an incredibly popular car when it was launched in the UK in 2018, with Suzuki selling all of its allocation right away. However the relatively high emissions under the then-new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) meant the brand couldn’t sell too many without putting its fleet average CO2 at risk of attracting fines and it was soon withdrawn from sale.

It returned in 2021 as a light-commercial vehicle, with the token rear seats deleted to provide an 863-litre load space for the two-seat model which was otherwise unchanged from the original car — retaining its legendary off-road ability.

The standard “Little Twisted” product will be based on the LCV model Jimny, with a custom Twisted wheel and tyre package and progressive suspension. Interior upgrades will include the infotainment system and soundproofing, and Twisted is working with German brand Front Runner to provide further accessories.

Customers will also be able to specify further changes as they wish, creating a tailor-made product in the same vein as Twisted’s upgraded Defenders. Twisted has yet to finalise pricings and specifications, but indicates prices will be below £50,000 pre-VAT.

Charles Fawcett, founder and managing director of Twisted, commented:

“The Suzuki Jimny feels like a natural addition to the Twisted stable and will appeal to anti-ordinary people of all ages that want to inject fun into their day-to-day driving The Jimny is one of the very few vehicles still in production with the same driving essence as when its predecessors were launched over 40 years ago. It still makes every journey fun and induces an immediate smile.”

Prospective customers are invited to contact Twisted Automotive to reserve a build slot, and the car should be available later this year pending the sign-off of development vehicles.