Toyota has revealed an interesting concept ahead of the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The TJ Cruiser is a fusion of van and SUV aimed at drivers with active lifestyles, said Toyota.
The “T” stands for “Toolbox” in reference to how the car can be used like a toolbox, while the “j” stands for “joy” in reference to the joy of visiting various places with the car. The name “Cruiser” is understandable, as it is traditionally used for Toyota’s SUV lineup.
The designers seems to have taken the inspiration from the military vehicles as well to create this fusion of a cargo van and a powerful SUV. Complementing the bold design are the large SUV-sized tires (225/50/R20).
Toyota said that the hood, roof, and fenders use scratch and dirt resistant materials.
Moving on to the interiors, the front and rear passenger seats can be folded completely flat. The dashboard design is neat and minimal, and gets digital instrument cluster which appears to stretch all the way to the passenger side.
The passenger seat directly behind the driver can be flipped to create dedicated space for storing groceries or shopping items.
Not much information regarding its mechanicals is available at the moment, but Toyota expects to use the next-generation TNGA platform. The production model will run on a 2.0-litre engine + hybrid system. Will be available in Front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive configuration.
Looking at the Innova and Fortuner, which is still a segment king in India, Toyota might have another potential winner.
By the way, the vehicle measures 4,300 mm in length, 1,775 mm in width and 1,620 mm in height. Wheelbase measures 2,750 mm. Toyota says the TJ can seat 4 people.
Let’s assume that the production version will be a 5 seater. Looking at all the numbers, this will slot below the Innova if launched. Creta and Duster’s future rival perhaps?