New Boxy Toyota Tj Cruiser Concept Is What Happens When A Van And An SUV Have A Baby

Toyota is looking to appeal to those who would like the roominess of a cargo van and the powerful design of an SUV stuffed together in one vehicle, with the new Tj Cruiser Concept.

Designed “for drivers with lifestyles where work and play dovetail seamlessly”, according to the manufacturer, the study’s Tj initials stand for ‘Toolbox’ and ‘joy’, while the ‘Cruiser’ has a long tradition with Toyota.

It features a boxy design, special coating used on the hood, roof, and fenders to protect them against scratches and dirt, sturdy suspension, and 20-inch wheels, wrapped in chunky tires, which, combined with the on-demand all-wheel drive system will help it get out of some muddy situations.

Understanding why Toyota’s designers chose this weird shape means checking out the cabin, and to do so, you can either use the regular front doors, or the sliding rear ones that provide better access inside. The show car’s front and rear passenger seats can be folded down flat, and this allows users to load items up to 3 meters (10 feet) in length.

Moreover, hauling things such as surfboards, bikes, or other equipment can be made safely, thanks to the numerous tie-down points and deck boards that enable easy anchoring.

Beneath its versatile body lies the next-generation TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), and a hybridized 2.0-liter that have yet to be detailed, but the manufacturer will likely share everything there is to know about the Tj Cruiser Concept during the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, where it debuts on October 25.


  • KareKakk

    Wow… talk abour rearward seating position for the front row… the driver has to bend forward to look out the side window, and the side curtain airbag will have a fulltime job avoiding the drivers head knocking hard at the B-pillar in case of a sideway collision. Nice and rugged style though, but the “cab-forward” principle not in use here at all. Even the Volvo 240 had safer side vision, even with its micro doors.

  • Craig

    I like it! Just lower the entire hood by about an inch or so. That said… It’s a combination of several other vehicles. I see the Ford Flex and the Honda Element. I even see a little hint of a mid 1980’s Ford Econoline from the front and the side – where the hood begins to slope down to the grill. As for the dashboard I see [believe it or not] a 1962 Chevy Impala with a 1964 Chrysler New Yorker Steering wheel! lol

    • MarketAndChurch

      I wish they sold it here in the US, It’s an incredibly American design.

      • Socarboy

        Stay tuned Autoblog reported in their article of it that Toyota has already registered the “TJ Cruiser” name in the USA for copyright

  • Marty

    I like the general design, but the front is just … upside down.

  • Bananarama

    What year is this concept from???

    • Dariush

      yeah its very 2002 ^^

    • SamBamm

      1990’s Chrysler concept car

    • c3vzn

      So weird. It doesn’t look old but it looks “concept old.”

  • supermanuel

    If you removed all Toyota references, I could easily believe this was some dodgy Chrysler design study from 2002.

  • autosharero

    what is happening to Japanese design, I am horrified by the abject crap they are coming up with. Just stop, please stop.

  • TheBelltower

    Aztek 2

  • Build It, Please

    Looks like a rhino without its horn from the front. Love it!

  • DM

    Looks like a concept from the early 2000’s. Just weird to look at.

  • I’mCallingYouOut
  • Vanquish

    It looks like a modern day Astro 4X4 lol

  • Toronado_II

    Military stylized.

  • Honda NSX-R

    It’s ugly and cool at the same time.

  • Infinite1

    It’s ugly

  • Laurenx

    It would be cool if they made the sienna this with the 4WD it’ll be a cool van like the 90’s Mazda MPV!

  • Maricaibo

    “…What Happens When A Van And An SUV Have A Baby…”

    What happens is you end up with an ugly mutant.

  • enthusia

    reminds me of concepts from 2001, i kinda like that.
    the interior looks production ready.


  • thunder bolt

    Toyota has no age discrimination, it hires children to do the work as well. sad!

  • Fred Hofstetter

    Is this what you get when you ruggedize the Scion Xb? Why not just simply give the Scion AWD and be done with it?

    • LWOAP

      Because Scion is dead.

  • EM1

    Any updates on the FT-X? Although the new TJ has styling potential, it should not be a minivan. Rather a true 4 door or 2 door would better fit buyer interests. Also, the front end needs to be less steep towards the windshield area without the black colored area. The grille also needs to be redesigned as it looks kind of bland/cheap.

  • EM1

    Better that they add a bigger brother to the FT-X than make the TJ Cruiser.

  • ck

    I really like this vehicle and hopes Toyota builds it and keeps it as a hybrid. The watered down non-hybrid CH-R is not what US buyers want and the sales are supporting this fact. This concept on the other hand offers utility and class leading design with the sliding side doors and hybrid fuel economy. Toyota needs more vehicles like this but the public is not going to wait years for it like the CH-R that was teased at auto shows for 5 years and then finally arrived with a thud. Too little too late. My prediction is Toyota will tease it and Kia will build it.

  • psiqtas

    But it looks somehow cool, really cool!

  • Raul V.

    I love Toyota but this concept sucks.. that front end looks hideous!

  • Hope they made it in production form ,love this !!!


    Jesus christ, this thing is ugly af. Like seriously, what were they thinking? Ok, granted, this concept is supposed to be function over form but still; why did they have to make it so damn ugly?

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  • surfshop

    I like

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