Tokyo - Toyota’s butch looking TJ Cruiser concept is set to go into production soon, with the Japanese on sale date set for early 2020, according to Japanese publication BestCarWeb, which cited an inside source.
However, at this stage it remains unclear whether the crossover would remain a JDM special, or whether it would reach other corners of the world.
Although its boxy design echoes the FJ Cruiser, which was a proper off-roader, the TJ Cruiser is instead built on the company’s TNGA unibody platform that underpins most modern Toyota’s, including the CH-R, Corolla, RAV4 and Camry.
According to the publication, the TJ Cruiser is actually slightly shorter than the CH-R crossover, although it is taller and clearly a lot more practical.
The vehicle aims to blend the practicality and loadability of a van, with the style and stature of an SUV. The concept car has hardback-seats that fold to form a completely flat surface, even extending to the front of the vehicle, while sliding rear doors further enhance user friendiness.