According to reports from Japan, Toyota's TJ Cruiser, which was shown at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2017, could be on its way to production. The TJ concept, if you don't remember, was something of a cross between a rugged SUV and a van, with folding flat seats for four and a hardened load bay for durability.
A (knowledgeable Google translated) article from Japan's Best Car, citing dealership insiders Toru Endo, claims that the production version of TJ could be unveiled for a while around this year's Tokyo Auto Show in October, with pre-orders in Japan beginning in December.
Best Car goes on to claim that the TJ Cruiser production, like the concept, will be a four-wheel-drive hybrid (although a conventional petrol version could also be offered) based on a version of the TNGA architecture that supports much of the Toyota layout in these days. The van could place either five or seven occupants for the concept's four, but it is rumored that the production version remains small at only 4300 mm long with a 2750 mm wheelbase.
As the name suggests, TJ Cruiser can be marketed as a spiritual successor to FJ Cruiser, the heavily 4Runner-based retro styled SUV marketed to younger buyers. What TJ wanted FJ to be largely lacking is practical. Production TJ is rumored to retain the folding seats and sliding doors in the concept and may be able to hold bulky objects as long as three feet with the seats folded flat. With that kind of practicality and four-wheel drive, Best Car claims that TJ could end up as a competitor to the legendary but slightly larger Mitsubishi Delica.
While all this sounds like an exciting proposition, Best Car also claims that the TJ Cruiser could only be a limited production model of 1