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Toyota to Premiere TJ Cruiser at Tokyo Motor Show 2017

October 8, 2017

Toyota TJ Cruiser
The Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept | Front

Toyota intends to showcase its new crossover genre concept vehicle, the TJ Cruiser, for the first time at the Tokyo Motor Show this year.

The TJ Cruiser is Toyota’s version of a balance between the roominess of a cargo van and the powerful design of an SUV. According to Toyota, The TJ Cruiser was designed for drivers with lifestyles where both work and play are equally important.

Toyota TJ Cruiser
The Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept | Rear

The T’ in TJ Cruiser stands for ‘Toolbox’ in reference to the utilitarian properties of the vehicle, whereas the ‘J’ stands for ‘joy’ highlighting the joy its users will have visiting various places with this Van-like SUV. The name ‘CRUISER’, which is traditionally used for Toyota’s SUV line-up, is assigned to the TJ Cruiser to express the power of the vehicle.

Toyota TJ Cruiser
The Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept | Side

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 represents a new genre incorporating the strengths of a van with those of an SUV.

Toyota TJ Cruiser
The Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept | Cockpit

Inside, the passenger seat can be reclined completely flat, and not only can the TJ Cruiser easily hold outdoor equipment, it can also store large items such as 3-meter long surfboards and bikes. On the outside, the hood, roof, and fenders use materials combined with a ‘special’ coating that resist scratches and dirt, even when objects accidentally come into contact with them.

Toyota TJ Cruiser
The Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept | Interior load area

The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show will be held at Tokyo Big Sight from October 25 through to November 5. The TJ Cruiser is just one of many vehicles Toyota will have on display at the Motor Show. Other models include the GR HV Sports and Crown concepts, along with the production-ready Century.

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