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Thread: Samurai Redux

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    Samurai Redux

    I'v heard some "rumblings" that Suzuki will bring back their Samurai in a longer wheel base, wider stance, wider body, hardtop, with 4 doors, J-20 engine, all while retaining that boxy shape, round headlight Jeep like look we all once knew and loved.
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    isn't j20 getting a little long in the tooth?

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    That's the same thing my local dealer has been hinting to me about since I bought my car... I hope it's true!
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    OMG I hope it's true!!! Could someone at Suzuki really have come to their senses again after all these years?!?! My friends and I have money burning a hole in our pockets! We don't want to buy a Jeep Wrangler (in part because it's too big, too thirsty, and too poorly engineered) but at this point, it's the only game in town for anyone who wants a proper dual-solid-axle on/off-road runabout. With fuel prices about to skyrocket again, Suzuki will have another hit on their hands if they bring back the Samurai/Jimny to North America.

    But they shouldn't bother if they plan to castrate it. The Grand Vitara has proven what kind of demand there is for an oversize, thirsty, soft, low-clearance, independent-suspension faux-by-four. If the Jimny/Samurai is going to succeed, it needs to continue to be what it has always been: small, tough, efficient, and true off-road abilities. Solid axles and a 2-speed transfer case are absolute requirements. Difflocks and 4:1 t-case gears (like the Wrangler's Rubicon package) will firmly establish Suzuki's reputation as a builder of high-quality, heavy-duty vehicles, and would be a huge moneymaker just like the Rubicon is.

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    I dumped the Rubicon for the Kizashi...that cinched it, the new 'samuarai' will be out next year because I spent my money already!

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    yep, i bought my 09 and then next thing i knew the '10s were coming out with vvt, more hp, and another gear. i stave off buyer's remorse by telling myself i have the best year for the 1st gen sx4's.
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    I would personally want a 2 door soft top just like the original!

    A vehicle like that would seem cheap for them to mfg. and if they kept it affordable they would sell a ton.

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    agreed, just as they did in 87 & 88.

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    Can you give a source for this info?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thirty-Nine View Post
    Can you give a source for this info?
    +1

    I'd love to see this rumor to take form next year. I want a Samurai
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