You can’t get a Suzuki Jimny just about everywhere due to emissions issues. And Suzuki hasn’t sold cars in the US forever. But the Jimny LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle) is still being sold in some countries. That’s because emissions for commercial vehicles are slightly more lenient in many places. Playing up the LCV’s commercial aspects is the Jimny Beans Cappuccino Coffee Bar.
Suzuki’s Jimny Beans is a coffee bar and promo vehicle too
And why not? Since it is no longer sold with the passenger bench seat, Suzuki had to hype the space in the back for something. The Jimny Beans will be touring throughout the UK at Suzuki events for the next year.
In place of the seat is a 57-liter water tank. It is tied into a 3M filtration system. There’s also an LPG tank under the floor. This necessitated reworking the exhaust system which now features a side exit. All of the coffee mods were done by Coffee Latino.
The Jimny Beans can either be run on gas or electricity
Powering the coffee bar is done either with the gas engine or electricity. Two large capacity batteries with 125A/H 12-volts can power the system for several hours. The engine is a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated 101 hp banger with 96 lb-ft of torque.
Brewing up the coffee is a machine made by Fracino. It is tied into a custom-made aluminum countertop. A 12-volt Waeco refrigerator keeps things cool. There is also a hot water dispenser for brewing up tea.
We’ve lamented not getting the Jimny in the US before. Suzuki cut bait in the US in 2012. It was one of the many casualties of the Great Recession. In all, 10 brands have gone since 2000. All Suzuki cars are now built in Japan.
Suzuki bailed on North America in 2014 when it shut down Canadian operations
At the time Suzuki laid the blame on low sales, the truncated model lineup here, and foreign exchange rates. In 2014 it closed down operations in Canada as well. But in other parts of the world, Suzuki automobiles sell very well.
Its Wagon R was one of the top-selling cars in Japan. India is another bright spot for Suzuki where cheap transportation is what most seek out. Looking back, Geo, Isuzu, Yugo, Eagle, and Daihatsu have all collapsed in the US. The common thread with these brands is they’re all small, imported economy cars.
If you’re dying to see the Jimney Beans in person it makes its first appearance at the Southampton International Boat Show running from September 10-20, 2021.