Toyota mini-SUV on the way
New global launch: Toyota mini-SUV on the way
Back in 2017 Toyota showed a popular concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show, the TJ Cruiser. Half SUV, half minivan, the TJ Cruiser was an angular, cubist success, prompting countless calls for the concept to go into production.
Well, now it has been confirmed that the TJ Cruiser will indeed be making the transition from fanciful concept to reality, and the production-ready version may be unveiled within the next few months. This trendy, funky SUV looks to be set for the Japanese market only, which means it’s doubtful that it will make it to South Africa.
What the new compact SUV is to be called is yet to be confirmed, but it has been given the codename ‘地方男子’, which apparently translates to something along the lines of ‘local boy’. We’ll just call it the TJ Cruiser for now…
While the boxy silhouette of the TJ Cruiser concept makes it appear to be a large vehicle, the production vehicle will actually slot into the Toyota line-up below the RAV4.
Yes, the C-HR already exists in that space, but the TJ Cruiser will be a far boxier shape, making it more spacious and practical and even fitting in a third row of seats to make it a seven seater, if accounts are to be believed!
While there is nothing official being said by Toyota yet, the TJ Cruiser will apparently be powered by three engines: 1.8 petrol, and 2.0 and 2.5 petrol-electric hybrids. It will be based on the Toyota New Global Architecture ( TNGA) platform, as are the Prius, CH-R, Corolla, RAV4 and Camry, and the All-Wheel-Drive variant will use the same system as the RAV4.
The TJ Cruiser was set to be unveiled in May 2020, but the COVD-19 pandemic has caused delays across the motoring world, and the TJ Cruiser may be one of the victims.