Remember the quirky Toyota TJ Cruiser concept revealed back in 2017? Well, a fresh rumour out of Japan suggests the boxy vehicle is about to be put into production.
According to Japanese publication Best Car, the production model may well make its debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in October, before pre-order sales start in its domestic market as early as December.
Interestingly, the TJ Cruiser, which Toyota earlier described as part cargo van and part SUV, is set to ride on the firm’s ubiquitous TNGA platform (rather than a ladder-frame arrangement, like the FJ Cruiser).
For the record, concept measured in at 4 300 mm long, 1 775 mm wide and 1 620 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2 750 mm. That, as Best Car points out, interestingly makes it shorter nose to tail than a C-HR but with more length between its axles.
According to the publication’s source, the production model’s exterior design will largely mirror that of the concept, although it’s not yet clear how many seats it will use (the concept featured just four pews) nor which powerplants are set to be offered (the concept employed a 2,0-litre petrol hybrid set-up).
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