Meet the Yomper: a British-built utility vehicle based on the third-gen Jimny
Love the previous Suzuki Jimny but just wish it came as a pickup? You’re in luck
Yomper – what a great name for a new car. And yes, this is a new car, although that may not be entirely obvious from a quick glance at the front end.
It’s the work of West Yorkshire-based startup Samson Engineering Ltd and is aimed at farmers and small business owners out in the sticks who want a cheap, small, off-road utility vehicle that can carry a load of stuff and won’t leave heavy tyre tracks across wet fields. Makes sense.
It is of course based on the third-generation Suzuki Jimny, but its makers say it’s more than just a pickup conversion. There’s a new bespoke chassis and you can have the body in either tray back ‘Bergan’ or alloy drop side ‘Commercial’ spec. It has IVA approval and both versions can carry a payload of 500kg.
The engine is the standard Suzuki 1.3-litre 16v petrol unit but as part of the circa £20,000 purchase price the powertrain is completely rebuilt and upgraded to be as reliable as possible.
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