Toyota will send a series of off-road compact vanAugust 25, 2019
At the same time, the audience of CrossVen can be expanded at the expense of customers who need much more utilitarian transport – those who just need to deliver goods or passengers to places that do not know asphalt.
The fact is that one of the main advantages of the Toyota TJ Cruiser concept, presented in the fall of 2017, was its expanded cargo capabilities: all of its seats, with the exception of the driver’s one, could fold into a flat floor. The amount of space available in this case was not reported, but it is known that objects up to 3 meters in length could be loaded into the crosswalk.
And now, it seems, the decision has been made to produce such a peculiar model in series – at least for the Japanese home market. It is reported by the publication Best Car, citing a certain Torah Endo, who is well acquainted with the situation from the local dealer network Toyota. According to the publication, the serial TJ Cruiser should debut in October, and sales will start in early 2020.
In terms of dimensions, the off-road compact van will be comparable to the CH-R crossover (and noticeably smaller than the Toyota RAV4), but it will get much more angular outlines and a high roof to preserve the useful interior space. But the serial model can be relieved of sliding back doors for the sake of simplification of production. In this case, the main “trick” – the ability to fold the seats on a level floor – “Cruiser” will save, despite the possible appearance of his version with three rows of seats.
As for the powertrain, the CrossVen is given a Prius hybrid powerplant with a 1.8-liter gasoline engine or a traditional two-liter engine, as well as the ability to choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Given that the TNGA modular platform will be at the heart of the production model, the appearance of the TJ Cruiser outside of Japan is not ruled out.
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