Toyota to Premiere Tj CRUISER at Tokyo Motor Show 2017. The birth of a new van and SUV fusion genre aimed at drivers with active lifestyles. Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) intends to showcase its new crossover genre concept vehicle, the Tj CRUISER, for the first time at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017 to be held at Tokyo Big Sight this year. Ahead of this month’s Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota is telling us about a lot of cool new shit, like third-generation Toyota Century. And we get a boxy concept car they’re calling the Tj Cruiser.
The Tj CRUISER represents the harmonious balance between the roominess of a cargo van and the powerful design of an SUV. The Tj CRUISER was designed for drivers with lifestyles where work and play dovetail seamlessly. The “T” in Tj CRUISER 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 by car.
The name “CRUISER,” which is traditionally used for Toyota’s SUV lineup, is assigned to the Tj CRUISER to express the power of the vehicle. Inside, the passenger seat can be reclined completely flat, and not only can the Tj CRUISER easily hold outdoor equipment. But it can also store large items such as 3-meter long surfboards and bikes. The Toyota Tj Cruiser concept, set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in this year, blends vans and SUVs in an interesting way. The design is on the SUV side, with chunky fenders and a whole bunch of hard angles. It still carries a bit of minivan aesthetics by way of the flat roof and seemingly seamless window line.
The square-shaped cabin, similar to that of a van, exudes high utility. Meanwhile, the sturdy suspension realized by large SUV-sized tires is fused with a bold front. The Tj CRUISER symbolizes a new genre incorporating the strengths of a van with those of an SUV. The hood, roof, and fenders use materials (with special coating) that resist scratches and dirt. Even when objects accidentally come into contact with them.
The interior is like the inside of a box-spacious with minimal intrusions. Every seat (except the driver’s, obviously) can be laid flat in the floor, so it can accommodate items up to about 10 feet in length. There are tie-downs all over the place. And the front passenger seat can flip its cushion up for a smaller storage cubby. The rear hatch opens wide while minivan-style sliding doors hang out on both sides. Giving the driver a whole bunch of open space for easy cargo access, no matter where it is.
The front and rear passenger seats can be reclined completely flat for storing long items up to 3 meters in length such as surfboards. The backs of the seats and deck boards include numerous tie-down points to enable easy anchoring of items from small packages to longer objects. Moreover, the large opening of the back door makes for easy loading and unloading of large items such as bikes. The company also describes the car as a crossover between an SUV and a cargo van. The interior, indeed, can be converted to what looks like the inside of a cargo plane.
The seat cushion on the passenger seat directly behind the driver can be flipped up towards the front to create dedicated space for storing groceries or shopping items. The large openings of the sliding doors enable loading and unloading of large items from the sides and easy entry and exit for family members, as well. The interior is big enough to fit 9-foot surfboards, in addition to large bikes, according to Toyota. It also has a lot of tie-down points ideal for holding cargo. That can fit easily through the car’s massive door openings.
- Firstly, use of the next-generation TNGA platform expected
- Secondly, the unit to run on a 2.0-liter class engine + hybrid system
- Thirdly, front-wheel-drive, four-wheel-drive system to be used
- Name : Tj Cruiser
- Length(mm) : 4,300
- Width(mm) : 1,775
- Height(mm) : 1,620
- Wheelbase(mm) : 2,750
- Seating(occupants) : 4