I understand your points, and where you are coming from with them, but I will counter with a few of my own.
1.) Forget about the new Jimny and the existing Samurai/Sierra. It will NEVER certify in the United States. Not just emmisions but the safety equipment. Also, quite honestly, we (those who wrote the letter) don't want the Jimny for the reasons outlined in the letter. I'd rather have another Sam before I went down the Jimny path.
2.) If the fully optioned out version of what we are asking for is more than a TJ Sahara, so be it. We have to compare apples to apples. I wonder how much the Rubicon will sell for? If Suzuki can't sell the top of the line "Brute" for the same or less than the Rubicon then there is something wrong.
3.) Suzuki needs to go slightly up market with this vehicle - at least the fully optioned out version, it is the correct platform to do it with and it will help the rest of their line. Let those that can't afford the "full" version buy the base and buy the parts to build the top of the line model on their own as money permits, allow those with the money to buy the top of the line write the check and be done with it.
If they can deliver what I've asked for in the ~$30,000 CDN range (same price range as a Sahara here in Canada) I'll sign the check tomorrow.
As far as cost of tooling and whatnot, I might have a tiny little idea about that. But if Suzuki doesn't do something to replace the Samurai/Sierra in its existing foreign markets as well it might be wondering where all the money went in another 5 years. Also, manufacturers have created U.S. specific models before. Look at the predecessor to the WRX, the RS. The onlr eason why the 2 door existed is because the U.S. market was not ready for a 4 door "sports car" at the time.
Also, I realize that everything on that list is a stretch. But if they can even get it close (real axles, a couple of body styles, new drivetrain) then we will have gotten what we really want.
The petition is very much in the "You don't get what you don't ask for" realm.
Thanks for your support.