Due to strict emissions restrictions in the EU, the Suzuki Jimny can only be sold as a light commercial vehicle (LCV) over in the UK, which means no rear seats, and some minor interior tweaks. But despite that, Suzuki still believes that the tiny Jimny is a car with unlimited possibilities, and they’ll do everything they can to convince you – including turning it into a sick mobile coffee bar!
The Jimny Beans, as it’s called, started life off as a regular Chiffon Ivory Pearl Jimny LCV with a Bluish Black roof. However, in order to fit a full-blown two group head espresso machine at the back, several heavy modifications had to be made.
The most important of all, is of course the custom-made aluminium work top where the espresso machine sits. The work area also integrates a compact 12V Waeco drawer fridge underneath, which cools the all-important milk down to -2 degrees Celsius!
On the inside, the Jimny’s only passenger seat in the front was removed to make space for a 57-litre water tank, alongside the necessary 3M water filtration system. Ever seen a job listing asking for a valid driving licence? Well, it’s pretty much a requirement for the barista of the Jimny Beans.
At events, where Suzuki UK plans to actually utilise the Jimny Beans, the entire coffee-making getup can either be run off of mains electricity thanks to a built-in power inverter and two large capacity 12V batteries, or through a gas generator – the latter requiring a LPG tank under the rear floor section replete with a custom exhaust pipe.
As a bit of a coffee nerd myself, I can’t help but feel giddy whenever I see a unique coffee set-up like this. And having it built inside a Suzuki Jimny? That’s just another reason to love the Jimny even more – something I never thought would be possible.
The Jimny Beans will make its public debut for complimentary refreshments at the Southampton International Boat Show from 10-20 September, at which Suzuki Marine will be displaying their products from its UK Range.