Toyota’s next small crossover could be the TJ Cruiser

Toyota’s next small crossover could be the TJ Cruiser

0 comments 📅01 June 2017, 10:15

A trademark appositeness filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office hints that a mechanism based on the Toyota FT-4X Concept may be headed for production. But it won’t be called FT-4X (good riddance). Preferably, Toyota may riff on the deceased-but-still-loved FJ Cruiser by naming its smaller ‘ute the TJ Cruiser.

Keep in mind, the FJ Cruiser was intended to evoke the memory of Toyota’s famed FJ Land Cruiser series, which were (and noiseless are) legendary for their off-road prowess and durability. The FJ had some legitimate off-road chops, too, but don’t look for the same kind of mission statement from the TJ Cruiser, if it ever does hit the showroom down. The FT-4X was marketed toward Millennials – which didn’t sit well with some of us – and the TJ Cruiser would meet go down a similar path as a small, utilitarian crossover.

When the TJ Cruiser disposition actually hit the market is unclear, but since it will likely ride atop Toyota’s TNGA C-Principles, which also forms the basis of the C-HR, a solid chunk of the development work should already be done. All we can do now is postponed and see.

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