Toyota has unveiled a hybrid concept that truly is one.
The TJ Cruiser is a subcompact-crossover with the functionality of a minivan and the looks of a tough off-road SUV. The TJ roughly stands for ‘Toolbox of Joy.’
About the same length as a CH-R, it features sliding rear doors like a Sienna. Aside from the driver’s, all of the seats fold down to create a hard and flat floor that can fit items up to three meters long and is equipped with multiple tie-down points to secure gear.
The 2009 Honda Element had rear-opening rear doors. (Honda)
The overall vibe is reminiscent of the discontinued Honda Element, but with an even more utilitarian feel.
Under a clamshell hood that’s stylishly attached via a single arm is a hybrid motor unit built around a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that powers either a front- or all-wheel drivetrain.
Toyota hasn’t yet detailed the extent of its actual off-road capabilities, but said that its bulging fenders, hood and roof are finished in a scratch-resistant coating.
More information on the TJ Cruiser is expected to come when it makes its public debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in late October.
Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com's Automotive Editor.