Xiaomi's all-new SUV is actually a remote-controlled Suzuki Jimny

Jul 01, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates
Guess what – it’s actually an awesome little toy.

Yesterday, on June 30, 2020, we asked the question: is Xiaomi building an all-new SUV model? The Chinese tech-giant even whipped out a teaser picture of a boxy looking car shrouded in shadow.

But alas, it turned out that it was all a misunderstanding, and the Xiaomi General Manager himself, deleted the post. It was also revealed that Xiaomi was indeed making something, but it’s actually a toy car for the Xiaomi Mall.

Despite the fact that it isn’t actually a real car, this new toy from Xiaomi is actually interesting because it was revealed to be a 1:16 sized, remote-controlled replica of the Suzuki Jimny. That being said, the Suzuki Jimny is popular around the world, and this might be an interesting gift for the hundreds of thousands belonging to the Jimny fanbase.

A picture of the Xiaomi remote-controlled Jimny toy

The toy in question looks like the real thing

The remote-controlled Jimny toy

Now this Suzuki Jimny scale model is actually quite brilliant. For starters, you can control it via Bluetooth, and with a smartphone app. As for the toy itself, it is shockingly accurate.

A picture of the toy jimny's parts

Check out those teeny tiny coil springs and that nylon chassis

It has a scaled down version of the Jimny’s body-on-frame chassis made out of shockproof nylon material. It even has a suspension system using cute little shock absorbers and coil springs.

And finally, the tiny electric motor actually sends all of its torque to all four wheels of the toy. It’s just like the real deal, and we won’t be surprised if this cute little thing can actually go off-road on your lawn.

>>> Related: Which 2020 Suzuki Jimny should you buy? [Philkotse Guide]

A picture of the Xiaomi Jimny toy car's rear

Will it be available here in the Philippines? We sure hope so

As we’ve said before, Xiaomi has dipped its hands into automotive products before. Together with FAW, it made the Bestune T77 SUV. Earlier this year, Xiaomi revealed that it registered a Chinese trademark, which can be translated to the “Xiaomi Car Alliance.” We don’t know what that is yet, and we still don’t know whether the Beijing-based tech-giant will actually pull through in developing cars.

So for now, let us enjoy this little remote-controlled Jimny replica. For more automotive news, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.


Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.