Say what you will about its smallest SUVs, but you have to hand it to Suzuki: the likes of the Samurai, Sidekick and Vitara were doing the little-sport-ute-that-could thing long before most of the rest of the industry caught on. And the formula remains relevant enough that Suzuki is still selling the same basic Samurai overseas as the Jimny.

That could be why the Samurai still has something of a cult following. Well, that and the name – which, as it turns out, may not have been such a stretch after all. A Samurai warrior, after all, was just one man – but like any other knight, he was worth more than his headcount on the battlefield. Or in this case, a Japanese snowstorm. Just watch the half-minute video below to see what we mean.


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      MistyGreen
      • 10 Months Ago
      Ha!! That's great. What cinematic drama, with the truck coming into view after it gets going. Awesome.
      creamwobbly
      • 10 Months Ago
      "the likes of the Samurai, Sidekick and Vitara were doing the little-sport-ute-that-could thing long before most of the rest of the industry caught on" And Lada was doing it better with the Niva.
      Brett Red-Dog Evans
      • 10 Months Ago
      YEAH! All the more reason I'm proud of my Sidekick!
      sfblog
      • 10 Months Ago
      And it'll be capable of doing it 30 years from now on the same drivetrain.
      Johnny Lingo
      • 10 Months Ago
      Mush! Mush!
      bK
      • 10 Months Ago
      Haha, cute
      Kickass
      • 10 Months Ago
      its a 1300 cc, the 660cc has a hood scoop for the intercooler
        Zen1174
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Kickass
        No, it's not 1300 cc. It has a yellow "kei" license plate. If it had larger than a 660 cc it would have a white standard plate. That said the video was staged.
          GR
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Zen1174
          You are correct about the plate, but I don't think it was staged. It's not like the Jimny alone was pulling it. I'm sure the truck was also accelerating and the Jimny was helping it.
      Kimura
      • 10 Months Ago
      That;s adorable!
      Display Name
      • 10 Months Ago
      This just made my day!
      Ashley Wolf
      • 10 Months Ago
      What adds to the awesomeness of this is the engine of the Japanese Jimny; it's a Kei-car 660cc engine, not the typical 1.3 that is sold in the rest of the world... 63hp to the rescue, what a marvelous machine that is.
      GR
      • 10 Months Ago
      I saw this on jalopnik earlier this week. I don't think it's fake. Japan got record snow fall recently and it has even disrupted the manufacturing of cars in Japan due to supply issues. The car in the video is a JDM Jimny with a 660cc turbo. It's a kei car. When I first saw the video, I thought it was a 1300cc Jimny Sierra, but after more careful observation and research, I believe it's a Jimny with the 660cc. First, as someone below commented, it's got a yellow license plate. In Japan, only kei cars are given yellow plates. In fact, they are known as "yellow plate cars" among foreigners in Japan. By government regulations, a kei car cannot have a displacement larger than 660cc and make more than 63 HP to be considered a kei car. Also, a lot of people (including myself initially) thought it was the Jimny Sierra with the 1.3 liter because the car did not feature a hood scoop for the intercooler commonly found with the 660cc version. However, the hood scoop or lack of it is not an accurate indicator of the engine underneath. In fact, now Suzuki offers the scoop on either car, whether 660cc or 1.3 liter. I just checked the JDM site to confirm this. Perhaps that generation of the kei did not have a hood scoop. Regardless, the license plate shows that it's the kei car version. Lastly, it's not impossible for this car to tow a truck like this for a short distance. Think about it. Although it only makes a max of 63 HP, the car has a full range 4x4 including 4x4 Low. It's maximizing it's towing capability in that mode. Also, it's very likely that the truck itself is accelerating as it's getting pulled. This combination would allow for a truck to have the momentum to keep moving through snow once out of its rut which the Jimny helped it get out of.
        Zen1174
        • 10 Months Ago
        @GR
        The fenders and bumpers do differ depending on class because of the very strict size restrictions on light "kei" vehicles. The fenders on the smart fortwo also had to be altered to qualify as a kei car.
        Zen1174
        • 10 Months Ago
        @GR
        It's definitely a 660 cc. The Sierra has more pronounced fenders and bumpers. And if you look closely around the 11-12 sec mark you can make out the scoop.
          GR
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Zen1174
          It's hard to distinguish between the two. Styling such as the fenders and bumpers differ with model year, not engine size. I don't see the scoop and I've seen this clip many times. However, I agree that it must be the kei car version with the 660cc turbo, mainly due to the yellow plate that is visible.
      Shiftright
      • 10 Months Ago
      THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE AND FAKE BECAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS YOU CAN'T TOW ANYTHING WITHOUT AT LEAST AN 8.0 LITER V8 QUAD TURBODIESEL LIKE THE ONE IN MY FERD SILVER RAMMER F-10000!
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