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Toyota TJ Cruiser gets green light - and it could come to Australia!


The Toyota TJ Cruiser appears to have been green lit for production, with reports out of Japan - and now the rest of the world - suggesting the funky-looking people mover will make its production-form debut in May.

And if you ask us, that's very good news, with the TJ Cruiser injecting some much-needed cool into a segment that has begun to feel a little same-same.

The TJ Cruiser sits between the C-HR and the RAV4 in Toyota's line-up, but it's so unlike either of them that its stands apart from both. 

For one, it's more a people-mover than an SUV (the 'T' in the name stands for 'Toolbox') with a hugely versatile interior that transforms into a van-like space. The front and rear seats can be completely flattened, providing a storage area that's up to three metres long.  And there's more storage under the seat cushions, too.

The TJ Cruiser measures 4300mm in length, 1775mm in width and 1620mm in height, and it rides on a 2750mm wheelbase. Toyota has flagged a 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain, but recent options suggest it will borrow the engine and 4WD options from the RAV4.

And in exciting news for Aussie shopers, Toyota in Australia has it's eye on the TJ Cruiser, pointing to the success of the FJ Cruiser and our love, more generally, of 4WD vehicles.

"We wouldn't rule it out, considering our past introduction of the FJ Cruiser, and our love of 4x4s in general in Australia. But we haven't got anything to confirm at this stage," a spokesperson told CarsGuide