Toyota’s Next Small Crossover Could Be The Tj Cruiser

Posted on Jun 1 2017 - 5:57am by Lisa Chan

A trademark application filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office hints that a vehicle based on the Toyota FT-4X Concept may be headed for production. But it won’t be called FT-4X (good riddance). Instead, Toyota may riff on the deceased-but-still-loved FJ Cruiser by naming its smaller ‘ute the TJ Cruiser.

Toyota FT-4X

Remember, the FJ Cruiser was intended to evoke the memory of Toyota’s famed FJ Land Cruiser series, which were (and still are) legendary for their off-road prowess and durability. The FJ had some legitimate off-road chops, too, but don’t expect the same kind of mission statement from the TJ Cruiser, if it ever does hit the showroom floor. The FT-4X was marketed toward Millennials – which didn’t sit well with some of us – and the TJ Cruiser would likely go down a similar path as a small, utilitarian crossover.

When the TJ Cruiser will actually hit the market is unclear, but since it will likely ride atop Toyota’s TNGA C-Platform, which also forms the basis of the C-HR, a solid chunk of the development work should already be done. All we can do now is wait and see.