Anton Andres / Toyota, USPTO | June 02, 2017 14:05
Toyota patents 'TJ Cruiser' name, likely for new crossover
During the 2017 New York Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the FJ Cruiser-inspired FT-4X concept. In a new development, it appears that the Japanese automaker has chosen a name for its production version.
Toyota recently filed the TJ Cruiser name in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Should it make production, it is likely that it will be sold alongside the CH-R as a more off-road oriented crossover. Smaller in size compared to the FJ Cruiser, the TJ Cruiser will be riding on Toyota's modular platform, dubbed TNGA. That also means the TJ Cruiser will be on a unibody architecture, not a body on frame platform.
At the moment, Toyota has yet to announce the launch date of the production FT-4X. While not a direct successor to the FJ Cruiser, the concept did come with more off-road hardware than typical crossovers. With that, it is possible that the TJ Cruiser might just come with low-range gearing, along with other off-road mechanicals and assists. A four-cylinder engine is likely for the TJ Cruiser, given that the concept had one equipped.
Unlikely to make production are the FT-4X's novelties. These include the 'multi-hatch' tailgate, the arm rest that doubles as a sleeping bag and and the radical dashboard. Do expect a toned-down interpretation of its exterior should it reach production.
Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office via Auto Guide