When the Toyota TJ Cruiser Concept was first shown two years ago, it generated a bit of buzz. Some were even asking if the concept will eventually turn into reality. After all, it seems it will be the spiritual successor of the much-loved FJ Cruiser with its retro styling cues.
Now, the rumor mill suggests that the TJ Cruiser Concept will be a concept no more. If true, that means it will reach production sooner than we might think. In fact, it's even been hinted that the order books for it will be opened come December. Japanese motoring publication Best Car Web even said that it will make its first reveal at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in October.
Now, you're probably wondering what it will be like. Well, it won't be the direct successor of the FJ Cruiser as it won't even be a ladder-frame (truck-based) vehicle. Instead, it's based on a car platform, putting it firmly in the crossover class. It rides on the TNGA platform, also known as the Toyota New Global Architecture. That means it's based on a lot of current new Toyota passenger cars such as the Prius, Camry, RAV4, and next-generation Corolla.
It is slated to be a compact crossover, and it is said that it will be around 4.3 meters long, about 1.8 meters wide, and 1.6 meters tall. To give you an idea about it's size, it's even smaller than a RAV4 which measures in at nearly 4.6 meters long. As for the interior, it is expected to retain the concept's fold-flat seat design, although it is still up for debate whether or not it will be a five-seater or seven.
On to powertrain and it could be a choice of either compact turbo or hybrid. What could be certain is a choice of all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive.
For now, all these are speculative so the only way we'll know it's on the way is if does make an appearance at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
Source: Best Car Web