Suzuki Has a Cute Miniature Toyota FJ Cruiser

2014 Suzuki Hustler 1 photo
Photo: screenshot from Youtube
Ain’t that cute? But it’s wrong! Come on Suzuki, can’t you come with your own design? You can’t just copy a design style of a competitor’s car just because it’s going out of production this year...
The Suzuki Hustler has been introduced to the public at the 2014 Tokyo Motor Show. Being a kei car from an automaker I don’t quite fancy, I didn’t gave too much attention at the time, but today I randomly stumbled upon it once again and it looks like it's beging for “attention.”

My guess with this car is that Suzuki got aware that the Toyota FJ Cruiser is getting the axe this year and thought to give some of the iconic model’s features to the public reincarnated as a ga kei car. Some look-alike car that sips fuel and can be parked on a door mat. Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t have anything against kei cars, but I have something with those looking like a Grand Theft Auto cheap clone of a real well known vehicle.

The Hustler (why is it called “hustler” anyway) may not look exactly like a shrunken FJ Cruiser, but it certainly makes fun of it by “borrowing” most of its unmistakably design cues and putting them in a happy girlish theme, like the two-tone body color with white roof, rectangular wheel arches, headlights (even the turn signals position, although they are very small), lower side moldings and even the dashboard is reminiscent of the spartan FJ’s interior.

Check it in the video bellow and say it ain’t so.

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