Toyota TJ Cruiser Could Come To A Showroom Near You

Besides its already generous lineup of vehicles, Toyota could soon launch an entirely new product, based on the TJ Cruiser Concept that’s displayed in Tokyo until November 5.

Said to combine the best of both worlds by mixing the style of an SUV with the practicality of a van, the study has a good chance of hitting the assembly lines if it gets positive feedback from consumers, Autocar reports.

Putting the Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept into production should be quite easy, if it gets the go-ahead, because it’s based on the next-generation Toyota New Global Architecture, or TNGA in short, which will eventually be adopted by most of the brand’s upcoming vehicles.

It will be interesting to see what features will be carried over from the show car, but our money would be on sliding rear doors that provide easier access into the cabin, deck boards and tie-down points to increase its practicality, and probably the sturdy suspension and AWD system.

The 2.0-liter hybridized powertrain is also a good candidate in the engine family, which could be joined by an assortment of other units.

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  • Great Job Toyota!

    This is an instant winner on so many levels.

  • Eder Kambara

    I’d rather not

  • matrem

    This looks like a concept car from 2003.

    • Maxime01

      from Dodge…

      • SgtBeavis

        And Dodge did it better.

  • PhilMcGraw

    I know this may be an unpopular opinion, but I actually like it. Obviously it’s not something for everyone, but it appears to be a car for that niche market where I think it will do very well in. The Honda Element is actually really hard to find used these days and when you do find one they want $8k for 150k+ miles. This looks to take over the market that the Element left behind. And while it may not be the “cool vehicle” to have, it will serve many different purposes for those that want a utility vehicle that doesn’t use as much gas as an SUV and still drives like a car.

  • Toronado_II

    Nope !

  • Bash

    Somehow between a pig and a van!!

  • SgtBeavis

    From the A-Pillar back, this is a very promising design. There have been several efforts to make Minivans look more like SUVs but how about doing this from the other direction and make an SUV more minivan like. That’s what I’m seeing here and it could work. There is a helluva lot more utility in the space of a minivan and sliding doors just build upon that utility.

    However, from the A-pillar forward. Do I really need to say anything. We’ve seen this kind of FAIL from Toyota for years.

    • IT MUST BE INTENDED AS A STORAGE AREA…OR A REALLY BIG ENGINE.

  • 59soni

    The best Delica successor to date

    • LWOAP

      You mean the Mitsubishi Delica?

      • 59soni

        Sure

  • LWOAP

    No thanks bro.

  • Nick099

    The FJ Cruiser was a beautiful, well-executed design.

    This is not.

  • Dennis Scipio

    And you guys say that Mitsubishi has some questionable design choices.

  • SteersUright

    If it looks exactly like this, ground clearance and all, its kind of like a butch, off-roady, crossover and would be VERY cool. If its even slightly watered down and lowered, it will look just plain awful.

  • SELLING A LIFESTYLE OR CARS? THAT ENORMOUS FRONT END LOOKS LIKE IT COULD BE USED FOR STORAGE (PIC 12) THOUGH THE VIDEO DOESN’T SHOW HOW USEFUL IT IS.

  • nik

    wretched

  • MarketAndChurch

    This would also make a great 2-dr truck, I could see hipsters and trendy small businesses really getting into this thing.

  • Raul V.

    the front end look archaic from the 1980’s..size wise is too small, pretty much looks like a replacement to the now extinct Scion xB, if they can come up with a better front end and bigger size closer to a 4Runner now were talking!

  • Mark S

    This is loads more particle then the FJ Cruiser. This works for me, if it has some off-road ability. I Like the simple butch industrial design. I can not help but think of a modern International Scout looking at this.

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