What do you get when you combine SUV looks and functionality with the practicality and roominess of a van? The Toyota TJ Cruiser. After making its initial debut at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, the crossover-van hybrid has officially made its local debut at the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS).
Billed by the company as having 'harmonious balance between the roominess of a cargo van and the powerful design of an SUV', the TJ Cruiser is Toyota's idea of a vehicle that can be both a family hauler and luggage carrier in one. From its namesake, the 'T' stands for toolbox from which the concept takes its inspiration from. Meanwhile, 'J' means joy which describes the feeling of discovering new places.
The concept combines cutting-edge design which blends both crossover and SUV looks into one. A massive grill, along with large circular headlights give the concept a distinct front fascia. The hood, fenders and roof are even scratch-and-dirt-resistant which add to the concept's ruggedness. Finally, it gets huge 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in chunky tires.
Size-wise, the TJ Cruiser measures 4300mm long, 1775mm wide and 1620mm tall. It also has a generous 2750mm wheelbase that gives the concept its roomy cabin.
Speaking of its cabin, serving as the concept's centerpiece is its spacious interior. While it can only seat four in total, all of the seats can be folded flat including the front passenger's. This allows luggage as long as 3 meters to fit easily inside the TJ Cruiser. It even comes with tie-down points with which you can secure loose cargo.
Complementing the concept's roomy interior are the sliding doors and tailgate that have large openings. This allows for easier storing and removal of cargo, as well as make for better ingress / egress from the vehicle itself.
Under the hood, a 2.0-liter hybrid powertrain provides the necessary propulsion for the TJ Cruiser. Exact output figures, however, were not revealed by the automaker. Underpinning the concept is Toyota's TNGA platform which is currently seeing use in some of Toyota's latest products like the Prius and CH-R. In addition, derivatives of the platform are also found on Lexus models such as the new LS and ES.
Check out the TJ Cruiser, as well as Toyota's other vehicles at the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show from October 24–28 at the World Trade Center.