Minivans are nice automobiles for households and people with lively existence, however additionally they carry a stigma that is exhausting to beat. Toyota discovered a approach round this by merging a minivan’s finest qualities with an SUV physique.
The Toyota Tj Cruiser idea, set to debut on the Tokyo Motor Present in October, blends vans and SUVs in an attention-grabbing approach. The design is on the SUV facet, with chunky fenders and a complete bunch of exhausting angles. It nonetheless carries a little bit of minivan aesthetics by means of the flat roof and seemingly seamless window line.
For scale, the Tj is smaller than Toyota’showever bigger and taller than the boxy, second-generation , principally as a consequence of its taller trip top.
The inside is like the within of a field — spacious with minimal intrusions. Each seat (besides the driving force’s, clearly) might be laid flat on the ground, so it might accommodate objects as much as about 10 toes in size. There are tie-downs in all places, and the entrance passenger seat can flip its cushion up for a smaller storage cubby. Toyota demonstrated how these tie-downs and cubbies permit the Tj to swallow an upright bicycle with out eradicating the wheels — a formidable feat for a compact car.
The rear hatch opens huge whereas minivan-style sliding doorways hang around on either side, giving the driving force a complete bunch of open area for simple cargo entry, regardless of the place it’s. The hatch, hood and facet mirrors are fabricated from a rugged plastic materials, type of like a truck’s mattress liner, that makes them proof against scratches, scuffs and corrosion. You could possibly simply toss a field or backpack onto the hood when loading up the Tj and not using a second thought.
Toyota factors out that, had been this to be produced, the Tj Cruiser would possible trip on the identical Toyota New International Structure platform that underpins new Toyota fashions just like the, and . It could possibly be had with both front- or four-wheel drive, and ahead movement would come from a hybrid system with a 2.Zero-liter gasoline engine.
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Editors’ be aware: We have up to date the article with a couple of new particulars and loads of new Tj Cruiser photographs from the ground of the Tokyo Motor Present. Get pleasure from!