The newest Toyota Concept Car, TJ Cruiser might look like a variation of the FJ Cruiser but no, it´s not, T stands for “Toolbox” and the J means “Joy”, that’s it “Toolbox Joy”, yeah pretty weird name but it matches with his weird look. Is like a mix between a Van and an SUV (a JEEP SUV), with its squareness and rough exterior, the Cruiser name is used for the SUVs, that separate the new Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept from other minivan models such as the Toyota Sienna Minivan. This exterior although may be innovative, I need to say, it looks like a modern version of the Honda Element, but way cooler than his probably unknown father, they still keep the weirdness for sure. Toyota designers described it as “harmonious balance between the roominess of a cargo van and the powerful design of an SUV”, so you can use it daily as an urban conventional SUV or take it to the mountain for a nice trip.
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Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept Exterior/Interior
The interior is huge, all the seats can be flattened to put in cargo, rear sliding doors allows you to put a lot of things in there easily, and secure it with its tie-down spot. Great, right? With this huge space for cargo, we may think that you could throw a lot of people there, but you don’t unfortunately, it has only four seats, so it seems to be more VAN than SUV a small one, by the way, it is no bigger than a Ford Focus, but you can’t flat your seats in a Ford Focus to carry surf tables of course. Toyota hasn’t released too much information yet, only a few pictures, and basic info, but we can tell, the interior looks awesome, a few basic features on the wheel like controlling the radio and moving rear view mirrors but not much information about it yet.
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2017 Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept Interior
Let´s talk about measurement, the Toyota TJ Cruiser in terms of size is, 1775 mm / 70 inches wide, 4300 mm / 169 inches long, and is 1620 mm / 64 inches tall. It also has a 2750 mm / 108 inches between the centers of the front and rear wheels. The exterior like I said before, is a mix between an SUV and a VAN, it has the hood which is resistant to fewer bumps and scratches; fenders, and roof. The 20-inch wheels make it look very powerful, is like saying “hey I´m not just a VAN”.
This new TJ Cruiser Concept has a hybrid system that may be provided by the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, a platform to be used on its coming models from 2017 to 2021. Those new engines are coming with a new name: “Dynamic Force Engines” which focuses on better energy saving, better fuel utilization, and better air intake efficiency. What we do know is that under that hood is a 2.0-liter class engine + hybrid system. It will also be front-wheel and four-wheel drive.
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Price and Release date
As the new Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept is a concept SUV, we don’t know if this will make to production or not, but the Toyota TJ Concept we´ll be seen at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show that will take place from October 28 to November 5.
Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept pictures