Toyota TJ Cruiser is the new Minivan-SUV hybrid

A Toyota’s latest concept vehicle named TJ Cruiser is a functional minivan that will arrive in almost every corner of the world. The forthcoming Toyota TJ Cruiser offers a cargo van-like interior and SUV-like exterior. Looking more like a crossover than the actual minivan, Toyota calls this model a “Toolbox”.

That nickname speaks for itself, literally, you can find anything inside of it. Practicality and functionality are superb, the ride is smooth and even an all-wheel-drive configuration is available. There is no need to speak about the fuel economy, as the TJ Cruiser will go on a hybrid system.

Toyota TJ Cruiser

Toyota TJ Cruiser exterior looks modern

This Toyota TJ Cruiser rides on a latest global architecture and will benefit from a strong suspension system and all-terrain tires. The design looks very modern and distinctive. There are some unique styling cues, however, some cues are taken from a VW model and even a Honda Element. The front is squared-off and the sloping hood is a good mix with a flat grille and front bumper. The headlights are rounded just like on the VW’s models. The fenders are also looking rounded and the door handles are done in chrome accents.

The angular lines can be found all over the body, especially at the back. Speaking of the rear, a liftgate is also squared-off but not as the front end. The taillights are also rounded and the tailgate is blacked-out. The ground clearance is good and the overhangs are short. 20-inch wheels are standard, just like the all-terrain tires.

Toyota TJ Cruiser look

Toyota TJ Cruiser interior is spacious and good looking

While the exterior looks more like a crossover, the interior reminds us of the interior of a regular cargo van. An interesting interior with plenty of room, functionality is great and everything from the inside is practical. The taller roof makes more headroom for the passengers. Four persons will find ample legroom and a great comfort thanks to individual bucket seats.

The floor is flat and both getting in and out is very easy. The seats are folding flat for more cargo space and this minivan finds no problem when it comes to hauling and storing stuff. According to Japanese carmaker, the Toyota TJ Cruiser fits a 10 feet long object with ease.

Toyota TJ Cruiser side

Toyota TJ Cruiser engine specs

While the Toyota is really quiet when it comes to the drivetrain details, we know that hybrid system is available. The most likely outcome is a combination of a gasoline 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor.

The battery pack is of course in the offer just like the front wheel and all-wheel drive setups. We’ll have to wait about the engine specs and fuel economy figures. On top of that, it is yet unknown what transmission will Toyota TJ Cruiser use.

Toyota TJ Cruiser rear

Toyota TJ Cruiser price and release date

While everything is still a concept, there is no point in discussing a potential price. On the other hand, Toyota TJ Cruiser is a great family minivan so we could expect a reasonable price in a range around $25,000. This minivan will likely go on sale later next year.


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