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2022 Suzuki Jimny LCV now on sale: The two-seat 'van' you never thought you'd want has become a reality - but there's a catch

The Jimny LCV is a two-seat ‘van’ and not a four-seat SUV like the regular Jimny.

Suzuki has this month officially released the Jimny LCV, a new two-seat van based on the hot-selling regular Jimny, which is, of course, a four-seat SUV.

As reported, the Jimny LCV replaces the regular Jimny in Europe, where even stricter emissions regulations for passenger cars were introduced in 2021, forcing Suzuki to temporarily axe the popular but pollutant series in July 2020 due to the negative effect it had on its fleet average.

Given LCVs are subject to more lenient emissions regulations in Europe, Suzuki decided to remove the regular Jimny’s two rear seats and add a partition behind its first row so that it could be reclassified accordingly as a van, thus becoming the Jimny LCV.

As such, the Jimny LCV isn’t all that different to the regular Jimny, with its other changes including a minor 33L increase in rear compartment space with only the front seats in use, to 863L, while the boot floor is now completely flat due to the removal of the second row.

Yes, that means the Jimny LCV is powered by the same 75kW/130Nm 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine as the regular Jimny, with it mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed torque-converter automatic.

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The European change has no impact on Australia, which continues to get the regular Jimny that has been a sell-out success since its launch in January 2019, with buyers still waiting up to 12 months for delivery.

For reference, the regular Jimny is priced from $26,990 and $29,990 plus on-road costs locally, and comes with a part-time four-wheel-drive system with low range. Meanwhile, the Jimny LCV starts from £19,999 (including VAT) in the UK, which converts to about $37,000.