A flight of fancy or a sign of things to come?

The Suzuki Jimny Sierra Pickup Style concept will debut at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon in the middle of January.

As its name suggests, the cabin has been truncated and now only has two seats, while the boot has been replaced by a open-bed tray.

Other changes from showroom versions of the Jimny include a new rectangular grille with old-school Suzuki lettering, a colour-coded section around the grille and headlights, retro-style wheels, chunky off-road tyres, a more rugged-looking front bumper with built-in hooks, spotlights, and fake wood panels along the sides.

It's not known which drivetrain the concept car employs, but like other non-kei car versions of the Jimny, it should have the company's 75kW 1.5-litre engine.

Kei car compliant versions of the Jimny have a 660cc three-cylinder engine pumping out 47kW of power.

The company will also display the Jimny Survive concept at next year's Auto Salon. This concept has the narrower kei car body, a rugged front bumper with bash plates, new wheels and tyres, and a roof carrier setup.

Suzuki has yet to state whether it plans to put either of these concepts into production. The Jimny goes on sale locally from Australia Day 2019.