Toyota’s Tj Cruiser concept could be the ultimate bike-hauler

The “cool” mini-van cyclists have been waiting for

Toyota has just released images of a concept vehicle that blends rugged elements of the out-of-production FJ Cruiser with the practicality of a mini-van in a package that could be ideal for #VanLife wannabes. 

The 14-foot-long Tj Cruiser concept is shown as a four-seater with passenger seats that fold completely flat to swallow cargo or give weary mountain bikers a place to sleep after a long day of riding.

The fold-flat seats provide plenty of room for bike storage, or a place to sleep
The fold-flat seats provide plenty of room for bike storage, or a place to sleep

The seatbacks and floor are equipped with numerous tie-down points to keep bikes and other gear in place.

Large sliding doors and ample cargo space inside the Fj Cruiser
Large sliding doors and ample cargo space inside the Fj Cruiser

As a Honda Element owner, Toyota’s box-on-wheels seems like a much more refined take on the everyday adventure vehicle, with massive sliding doors and a bed-liner-like coating applied to the hood, roof and fenders to resist scratches and small dents.

The rugged interior is reminiscent of the now-retired Honda Element
The rugged interior is reminiscent of the now-retired Honda Element

If this concept makes it to production, power would likely come from a 2.0-liter gasoline/hybrid engine, with front-wheel drive and the option for on-demand four-wheel drive.

We're hopeful this concept will make it to production
We're hopeful this concept will make it to production

What do you think? Does the Tj Cruiser look like something you’d trade your current bike-hauler for?

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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