Perhaps it’s an indication of the unsure world we at the moment dwell in (howdy, incipient nuclear apocalypse) however automakers can’t cease imagining beefy vehicles good for escaping burning cities or ramming by way of zombie hordes. Toyota is becoming a member of the membership with the Tj Cruiser idea, “a brand new van and fusion style” that targets crossover patrons. The purpose is flexibility, which is fairly essential when all of the potable water is tainted and you have to raid the deserted Walmart down the block.

The identify, in typical idea trend, is a contraction. The “T” stands for “toolbox”, a reference to the flexibleness of the cabin, whereas the “j” stands for “pleasure”. Toyota says on this case it’s the enjoyment of visiting locations in a automobile. Lastly, “Cruiser” has been effectively utilized in Toyota’s SUV vary, and “expresses the ability of the car” the automaker says.

Sensibly, Toyota’s designers began with probably the most fundamental – and versatile – form, so the Tj Cruiser idea is squared off like a utilitarian van. The hood, roof, and bumpers are coated with a scratch- and dirt-resistant materials to shake off freeway grime and parking zone dings alike. It sits excessive up, on 225/50/R20 wheels.

Contained in the deal with area and suppleness continues. The entrance and rear passenger seats recline fully, leaving room for objects greater than 9 ft 10 lengthy. Toyota says that’ll be useful for surfboards, however you possibly can additionally stack up loads of lengths of firewood for when the grid goes down.

The seat-backs and deck boards have tie-down factors for lashing cargo into place, whereas the seat cushion on the passenger seat behind the motive force flips as much as make a bit of cubby for smaller objects to assist keep away from them sliding round. The rear hatch is extra-tall and extensive, and there are sliding facet doorways.

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Though ideas sometimes don’t give a lot thought to propulsion, the Tj Cruiser is completely different. It’s based mostly on Toyota’s next-generation TNGA platform, with a 2.Zero-liter fuel engine and hybrid system. Toyota says it might supply both front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive variants.

Will that truly occur? As all the time, there’s no stable affirmation whether or not this idea has an eye fixed on dealership availability. The truth that Toyota has given a lot consideration to the sensible underpinnings does counsel it’s greater than a easy design examine, thoughts, and the crossover area is among the still-blooming components of the auto trade that the corporate might do worse than play in. We’ll hopefully discover out extra when the Tj Cruiser idea makes its official debut on the Tokyo Motor Present 2017 later this month.