It should be crystal clear by now that we love the Suzuki Jimny, partly because it holds the appeal that only an unobtainable object (in the U.S., at least) can, and partly because it’s objectively pretty awesome. Add a rash of practical and adorable pickup conversions to the mix, and you have a perfect storm for tiny truck fanciers. And then, along comes the improbably named Yomper Bergan, which takes our minitruck lust to another level.
Those in the U.K. will probably grok what a “yomper” is immediately, but for those not familiar with British military slang, it’s an informal term for a very long march fully loaded down with military equipment, associated with the 1982 Falklands War. A yomper carries a heavy load long distances in pursuit of a (presumably) noble purpose; not a terrible association for a tiny, plucky, and very rugged truck. Likewise, a “bergan” is a rucksack, also derived from military slang.
The Yomper Bergan is more than just a chop job of the third-generation Suzuki Jimny’s existing body. (The conversion can be done on fourth-gen Jimnys, too, as they’re very similar, but those are currently in short supply.) It essentially pairs the front bodywork and running gear to a custom chassis with a bespoke bed. It’s claimed the chassis is all-new, rather than simply modified Jimny underpinnings, but either way the result is impressive. The 1.3-liter Jimny engine, if needed, is overhauled as part of the conversion.
Yomper says a Bergan can be ready to hit the road for less than $27,000. There’s also a drop-side Commercial variant, with a more typical aluminum “tray,” as well.
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