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25 October 2017

Five cool things about Toyota's new JPN Taxi

By James ClearyJames Cleary
​As the name implies, you won't see Toyota's new Japan Taxi outside the land of the rising sun.

​As the name implies, you won't see Toyota's new Japan Taxi outside the land of the rising sun.

​New York has its distinctive yellow taxis, London its iconic black cabs, and Toyota is determined Tokyo (and other major Japanese cities) will have its own ‘Koiai’ (deep indigo blue) fleet of the new ‘JPN Taxi’ to welcome the world at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Unveiled today at the Tokyo motor show, it won’t see the light of day outside Japan, but here are five things we like about Toyota's new 'JPN Taxi'.

1) It looks amazing

The JPN Taxi looks like a cross between an SUV and a small, high-roof commercial van. The JPN Taxi looks like a cross between an SUV and a small, high-roof commercial van.

A cross between an SUV and a small, high-roof commercial van, the JPN Taxi somehow manages to look uniquely Japanese, yet remain instantly recognisable as a cab.

2) It’s an LPG hybrid

There’s an LPG tank under the boot. There’s an LPG tank under the boot.

There’s an LPG tank under the boot (how Aussie is that), powering a 1.5-litre four that drives the front wheels through an auto trans.

3) The cockpit looks half decent

  

  • The JPN Taxi offers its drivers a comfy and well laid out environment. The JPN Taxi offers its drivers a comfy and well laid out environment.
  • The interior is taking over from the ubiquitous Toyota crown. The interior is taking over from the ubiquitous Toyota crown.

Taking over from the ubiquitous Toyota crown, the JPN Taxi offers its drivers a comfy and well laid out environment.

4) There’s a battery under the floor

There’s a nickel–metal hydride (Ni–MH) battery under the floor. There’s a nickel–metal hydride (Ni–MH) battery under the floor.

The nickel–metal hydride (Ni–MH) battery is super thin, and drives the electric motor working with the petrol ICE.

5) The floor is flat

  • Boot space is rated at 401-litre. Boot space is rated at 401-litre.
  • The boot is large enough to hold two sets of golf clubs. The boot is large enough to hold two sets of golf clubs.

Makes getting in and out easy, and offers extra luggage flexibility alongside the 401-litre boot. Enough to hold two sets of golf clubs (how Japanese is that).

Has Toyota built a better London cab? Tell us in the comments.