Remember the Toyota TJ Cruiser concept from 2017? It was a boxy crossover with retro cues and it could be said that it even generated a fair amount of buzz. It's been two and a half years since they've shown it and it has been said that they will put it into production. It even made an appearance during the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show.
This time around, 2020 might just be the year that we'll finally see the production version of the TJ Cruiser. In fact, Toyota opened the order books in Japan last month indicating its impending arrival. The question now is this: When will it debut?
Japanese automotive website Bestcarweb has reported that Toyota will show it before the first half of the year ends. They are pegging its launch by May and it's likely slated for the 2021 model year. Specs are unknown at the moment, but Toyota said that the concept rode on the modular TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. With that in mind, we expect the production model to stick to that formula.
If there's one thing about the TJ Cruiser, it's no FJ Cruiser successor. Whereas the FJ Cruiser sits on the Prado frame, the TJ Cruiser is a unibody, hence the use of the TNGA platform. It won't be a dedicated off-roader, but it will be more of an urban crossover. Also, it will be a rather compact crossover as the concept measures in at approximately 4.3 meters long which actually makes it slightly shorter than the Rush which is 4.4 meters long.
As for the production model, the styling could be toned down from the concept. But given how Toyota did little changes from concept to production when it came to the FJ Cruiser, the TJ Cruiser might just get the same treatment.