According to reports from Japan, Toyota's TJ Cruiser, shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2017, may target production. The TJ concept, if you don't remember, was somewhat of a cross between a sturdy all-terrain vehicle and a van, with flat-folded flat seats for four and hardened load space for durability.
An article from (Expert with Google Translated) from Japan's Best Car, citing Toru Endo's insider, claims that the production version of TJ may be presented some time around this year's Tokyo show in October, with preliminary orders in Japan start in December.
The best car goes on to claim that the production TJ Cruiser, similar to the concept, will be an all-wheel-drive hybrid (though a conventional gasoline version may be offered) based on a TNGA architecture version that is at the heart of much of the Toyota line these days. The van can accommodate either five or seven passengers for up to four concepts, but production rumors remain small only at 4300 mm in length with a wheelbase of 2750 mm.
As its name implies, the TJ cruiser can be marketed as the spiritual heir to the FJ Cruiser, the powerful 4Runner-based retro SUV offered to younger buyers. What TJ would have been lacking in FJ is practicality. The TJ production is rumored to retain the folding seats and sliding doors of the concept and may be able to accommodate bulky objects three feet long with seats folded flat. With this kind of practicality and all-wheel drive, Best Car claims that the TJ can become a competitor to the legendary but slightly larger Mitsubishi Delica.
While all of this sounds like an exciting proposition, Best Car also claims that the TJ Cruiser can only be 1