toyota TJ cruiser incorporates the strengths of a van with an SUV

toyota TJ cruiser incorporates the strengths of a van with an SUV

toyota unveils its new crossover genre concept vehicle, the ‘TJ cruiser’ at the 45th tokyo motor show 2017. the ‘TJ cruiser’ represents the harmonious balance between the roominess of a cargo van, and the powerful design of an SUV.

toyota TJ cruiser incorporates the strengths of a van with an SUV
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toyota’s ‘TJ cruiser’ was designed for drivers with lifestyles where work and play dovetail seamlessly. the ‘T’ stands for ‘toolbox’, alluding to how it can be used like a toolbox, while the ‘J’ stands for ‘joy’ in reference to experiencing new places by car. the name ‘cruiser’, which is traditionally reserved for the japanese-automaker’s SUV lineup, expresses the power of the vehicle. inside, the passenger seats can be reclined completely flat, allowing the car to accomodate extra large items such as 3 meter long surfboards and bikes.

toyota TJ cruiser incorporates the strengths of a van with an SUV



the square-shaped cabin, similar to that of a van, exudes high utility. meanwhile, the sturdy suspension realized by large SUV-sized tires is fused with a bold front. the hood, roof, and fenders use materials (with a protective coating) that can resist scratches and dirt, even when objects accidentally come into contact with them.

toyota TJ cruiser incorporates the strengths of a van with an SUV



the front and rear passenger seats can be reclined completely flat for storing long items up to 3 meters in length. the backs of the seats and deck boards include numerous tie-down points to enable easy anchoring of items from small packages to longer objects. moreover, the large opening of the back door makes for easy loading and unloading of large items such as bikes.

toyota TJ cruiser incorporates the strengths of a van with an SUV



the seat cushion on the passenger seat directly behind the driver can be flipped up towards the front to create dedicated space for storing groceries or shopping items. the large openings of the sliding doors also enable loading and unloading of large items from the sides, and easy entry and exit for family members.

toyota TJ cruiser incorporates the strengths of a van with an SUV

toyota TJ cruiser incorporates the strengths of a van with an SUV

toyota TJ cruiser incorporates the strengths of a van with an SUV

  • This looks like a suitable replacement for the Honda Element!
    That alone should increase it’s chances of making it to market.
    I hope it does.

    Christopher Evert says:
  • Angry Mommy van …but, since Honda walked away from the Element, which had a lot of loyal watersports users, shorten the length some (longboards and SUPs go on top just fine) and convert Honda loyalists to Toyota.


    JimCan says:
  • good points all JimCan

    Rich says:
  • The “watersports” community is pretty limited as far as a potential customer segment goes. I see this working well for small contractors and servicepeople, especially those operating in climates where significant snowfalls affect one’s ability to conduct business. And there’s plenty of “angry mommies” out there too.

    All in all, one of the better concepts I’ve seen in a long time – practical and some attitude as well.

    dbkii says:
  • Don’t change a thing. I’ll buy it as is!

    Marc D. says:
  • It’s a nice concept. The tail gate just has to have a drop down ledge seat/ work platform as with the original series 80 land cruiser.

    Braunstein says:
  • Perfect blend of Scion XB, Honda Element, and Kia Soul made by Toyota. Where do I sign up for one?

    Master Blaster says:
  • It is a bit hard to tell, but the cargo behind the front seat could be longer than in an element. I had an element and really liked it, but the cargo length was a little short. This could be ideal for me.

    Tim says:
  • JimCan….the TJ looks long in the picture because of it’s long wheelbase of 108″, versus 101″ for the Element. But it is exactly the same length as the Element at 169″. Seems like worthy successor to the Element as is. 🙂

    Sean says:

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