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This MINI G Will Cost You Less Than a New Toyota RAV4 – Too Bad You Can't Have It

Only a few cars have stayed true to their original designs over the decades, and the Mercedes G-Class is one of them. The iconic off-roader with a premium twist is in the second generation and is about to step into the all-electric future with an EV derivative christened the EQG.
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Photo: Liberty Walk
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If there's one thing the G-Wagen has lost over the years, in addition to the V12 firepower, it is the three-door body style. No matter where you live, you can only get the new one as a five-door. So, what is up with the tiny G pictured in the gallery above? Well, it doesn't have anything to do with the three-pointed star brand, as it started life as a Suzuki Jimny. In fact, it still is a Jimny, albeit one made to mirror the looks of the G-Class.

Can you tell the tuner behind this project? That's an easy one if you pay attention to the details, like the logo on the spare wheel holder attached to the tailgate, the decals on the rear windscreen and lower parts of the doors, and the new logo added to the tailgate. Yep, that's obviously Liberty Walk's work. The company based in the Land of the Rising Sun wanted to turn the outside of the Suzuki Jimny into a G-Wagen lookalike on a smaller scale, and in our book, they have nailed it.

Since they were the right shape to begin with, the headlamps have remained untouched. The grille, however, has been replaced by a new one that features a pair of horizontal slats, enough to mirror the looks of the G-Wagen without being sued by Mercedes. Featuring aggressive intakes and additional lights towards the lower end, the bumper is reminiscent of the Mercedes-AMG G 63, and so is the new hood, with its vented design.

Tiny G \- Suzuki Jimny by Liberty Walk
Photo: Liberty Walk
Liberty Walk went as far as giving it a roof piece that could embrace additional lighting. The side skirts do not seem to have been modified, and the fender flares were replaced by an aftermarket set that features a bolt-on design, which is the tuner's signature. The new rear bumper was shaped to resemble the one equipping the AMG G 63, and the taillamps were replaced to blur the line between the tiny off-roader and the real thing. The new spare wheel holder, roof spoiler, and 16-inch wheels round off the makeover.

We secretly wish the Japanese tuner would have gone as far as to give it side-mounted exhaust tips, at least one on each side, in front of the rear wheels, to make it look more like a G 63. A set of tubular side steps would've been a welcomed addition. We won't even delve into the firepower topic, as the Jimny has often been criticized for being underpowered, yet Suzuki hasn't done anything about it yet. Still, with a little bit of work, it can become punchier, though you'll have to turn to a different tuning company, as it's not on the menu at Liberty Walk.

But do you know what is? A custom interior for the MIN G. Do you know how, most of the time, Liberty Walk's projects feature a custom body kit, new wheels, and sometimes an air-adjustable suspension? Well, this Jimny also gets some enhancements on the inside, where the tuner gave it black leather upholstery stitched together with white string. The seatbacks bear their signature, and so does the steering wheel, and elsewhere, it retains the styling and equipment level of the stock one, albeit for the infotainment system, which appears to have been added post-production.

Tiny G \- Suzuki Jimny by Liberty Walk
Photo: Liberty Walk
Truth be told, this wasn't Liberty Walk's first encounter with the fourth-gen Suzuki Jimny, which is five years old and has recently welcomed a five-door version, as they have been turning the three-door one into a G-Wagen lookalike for quite some time now. But why dedicate an entire story to it when it is not exactly fresh? The devil is in the details, as we found this one on the tuner's official website in the Land of the Rising Sun, looking for a new home.

It is a 2020 right-hand drive model featuring the usual 1.5-liter gasoline engine paired with an automatic transmission and has 13,250 km (8,233 miles) on the odo. Therefore, it's not a brand-new vehicle, but it is a low-mileage one. And it certainly does not break the bank. You see, our Japanese is a little rusty, but we were able to decipher the asking price, which is 4,180,000 yen or $28,230 at the current exchange rates - not bad at all for a tiny off-roader that can venture far off the lit path.

So, if you could buy it in the States in left-hand drive, would you pick it up over the usual crossovers? And would you rather get it in stock form or with Liberty Walk's G-Wagen-like appearance?
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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