Toyota is set to introduce its new "crossover genre concept vehicle", the Tj Cruiser, at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017, which the company says "represents the harmonious balance between the roominess of a cargo van and the powerful design of an SUV".
The photo above reminded me of low-profile version of the Mitsubishi Delica D:5, below, which I happen to like.
From the front, however, things are rather different.
I'll admit it's growing on me, and it looks suitably 'rugged', but my first thought was "oh my, that's ugly." The whole front looks too big for the rest of the car, which is saying something because it can house a couple of bikes and a 3m surfboard.
That's a lot of space, and I like the interior design with its minimalist touches and canvas accents.
In case you were wondering why it's called the "Tj", the press release explains all:
The Tj CRUISER was designed for drivers with lifestyles where work and play dovetail seamlessly. The "T" in Tj CRUISER stands for "Toolbox" in reference to how the car can be used like a toolbox, while the "j" stands for "joy" in reference to the joy of visiting various places by car.