Toyota Motor Corp. will debut a new concept that crosses a van and an SUV at the Tokyo Motor Show.  The Tj Cruiser will provide consumers with active lifestyles a large cargo van-like interior with the exterior styling of an SUV.

“The Tj Cruiser symbolizes a new genre incorporating the strengths of a van with those of an SUV,” Toyota said. The Tj Cruiser name combines the letters “T” for “Toolbox,” “J” for “Joy,” and the word “Cruiser”. The words are used to describe the concept vehicle for its ability to be a toolbox and the joy people have when visiting places, the automaker says. Toyota has a long history of using the Cruiser name for its SUVs. “The Tj Cruiser was designed for drivers with lifestyles where work and play dovetail seamlessly,” the press release said.

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Seating for four

With seating for four, the Tj Cruiser has a boxy, square look and aggressive front styling with a large darkened grille. With a resemblance to a Honda Element SUV and a bit of Dodge Power Wagon, the Tj Cruiser features SUV sized tires and rides on a lifted suspension. The vehicle also is described as durable. Toyota said the concept’s hood, roof and fenders include special coated materials that resist scratches and grime.

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Toyota also is emphasizing interior space and functionality for those buyers who may want to haul a bike or other goods. The front and back passenger seats can flatten completely for storing or hauling items more than 9 feet long, such as a surfboard. And the seat cushion on the rear driver’s side can flip up for added storage. The vehicle’s side sliding doors also will make passenger and cargo access easy.

The Tj Cruiser’s back door also opens widely for drivers to put in and remove bikes and other bulky items. The seat backs and deck boards inside the vehicle also include a number of tie-downs to anchor objects such as packages. If produced, the Tj Cruiser is expected to feature the next-generation TNGA platform or Toyota New Global Architecture. A 2-liter engine will be under the hood and the vehicle will feature a hybrid system incorporating front- or all-wheel drive.

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