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Toyota Compact Cruiser EV idea wins 2022 Automotive Design Award | Autocar India

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The J80 Land Cruiser-inspired retro EV has gained towards the Audi Skysphere, Porsche Mission R and Volvo Idea Recharge, amongst others.

The Toyota Compact Cruiser EV was first previewed late final yr alongside 15 different idea electrical autos as a part of Toyota and Lexus’ future world electrical automobile line-up. The 2 companies had then detailed plans to launch 30 new electrical autos by 2030.

The Toyota Compact Cruiser EV has now gone on to win the 2022 Automotive Design Award for idea autos in Milan, Italy, thus prompting Toyota to launch extra pictures of the off-road-focused, retro-styled SUV. It gained towards different finalists on this class that included the likes of Audi Skysphere, Porsche Mission R, Volvo Idea Recharge, Polestar O2, Lexus Electrified Sport, IED Alpine A4810, amongst others. 

  • Compact Cruiser EV takes design inspiration from FJ Cruiser
  • Idea appears to be like like an evolution of the 2017 Toyota F4-X idea
  • Will possible function dual-motor set-up and AWD in manufacturing guise

Toyota Compact Cruiser EV: design highlights

The Compact Cruiser EV has been created by the Toyota Europe Design improvement centre in Good, France. Do observe that the idea SUV remains to be not out in flesh, and the life-sized prototype pictured right here is simply a static clay mannequin, as is clear by the darkish tint on the home windows.

As for its design, the Compact Cruiser EV clearly takes inspiration from the primary technology of Toyota’s legendary Land Cruiser fashions, whereas additionally being paying homage to the FJ Cruiser from 2006.

Up entrance, retaining with the retro theme, the Compact Cruiser EV contains a grille with the Toyota lettering within the centre flanked by horizontally organized LED headlights, which lends it a J80 Land Cruiser-style face. Then there’s the cumbersome entrance bumper with a big silver skid plate and protruding, squared-off wheel arches that clearly declares its off-road intent. The bonnet, in the meantime, is flat and contains a huge, central air scoop.

In profile, what stands out most is the heavy physique cladding and outstanding kink within the window line. The contrasting color for the C-pillar and the blacked-out A-pillar additionally give the roof a floating impact. In the meantime, the side-mounted ladder and bespoke roof rack additional add to the ruggedness of the car. The retro-styled wheels shod in all-terrain tyres are a cool contact.

On the rear, the Compact Cruiser EV will get squarish LED tail-lights, Toyota lettering on the tailgate and, peculiarly, an extension of the roof rack into the tailgate itself. Identical to the entrance, the rear bumper can be equally cumbersome and contains a outstanding silver skid plate.

Toyota Compact Cruiser EV: technical particulars

Toyota has been tight lipped concerning the technical particulars of the Compact Cruiser EV up to now. Nevertheless, it’s anticipated to be primarily based on an electrified model of Toyota’s TNGA platform that additionally underpins the bigger bZ4x SUV. In manufacturing spec, it’s anticipated to have a dual-motor set-up with all-wheel-drive as customary. Although it may be only a idea for now, the Toyota Compact Cruiser EV will most certainly enter manufacturing someday within the coming years. When launched, the Compact Cruiser EV might be an electrical rival to the Ford Bronco Sport and the next-gen Jeep Renegade in worldwide markets.

Upcoming Toyota launches in India

Again house, Toyota is gearing as much as enter the midsize SUV phase with the much-awaited City Cruiser Hyryder, with a world unveil on July 1, and a market launch round Diwali. Toyota can be engaged on the next-gen Innova that can possible see the sunshine of day round this festive season. It will likely be radically completely different from the present Toyota Innova Crysta, which can proceed to be on sale alongside the brand new mannequin. Moreover, the City Cruiser compact SUV may additionally see a significant improve within the coming months following the launch of the all-new Maruti Suzuki Brezza.

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