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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The Toyota Compact Cruiser Is A Baby FJ EV With All-Wheel Drive. And It's Headed To Production

Toyota’s Compact Cruiser takes one step closer to production as it was awarded with the 2022 Car Design Award. The Car Design Award for Concept Vehicles was presented to Toyota during a ceremony held at the ADI Design Museum in Milan during the annual Milano Design Week and world-renown Salone del Mobile – the Milan Furniture Fair. This prompted Toyota to release more detailed images of their upcoming “baby FJ Cruiser.”

Part of the Japanese carmaker’s ambitious EV plan, the Compact Cruiser is an all-electric SUV that’s reportedly slated to enter production by 2024. It borrows on Toyota’s strong off-road heritage and as such gets a number of styling cues such as the off-road silhouette and the simple, strong body sections.

Toyota says the Compact Cruiser EV is designed to enhance the lifestyle of its target customers—young, professional urban dwellers who enjoy active outdoor leisure interests. With that, it will offer a “uniquely engaging, go-anywhere, all-wheel drive EV experience.”

Created by the team based at Toyota ED2 (ED Square) in Nice, the Compact Cruiser EV was first unveiled in December last year at the Mega Web in Tokyo.

“Our research into electric vehicles has been ongoing for more than 30 years, and we’ve come a long way,” said Toyota Design Senior General Manager Simon Humphries. “After an initial phase of contact with electric vehicles, people will want zero-emission cars that speak about them and express their lifestyle. And the Compact Cruiser EV is a perfect example of that trend.”

Established in 1984 by Fulvio Cinti, founder and editor-in-chief of Auto&Design magazine for over 30 years, the Car Design Award is divided into three categories: Production Vehicles, Concept Vehicles, and Brand Design language and Overall Consistency.

Winners of the Car Design Award are selected by an international jury of 11 experts representative of some of the most prestigious automotive magazines in the world.

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