Toyota’s electric car attack for the Japan Mobility Show includes an electric Land Cruiser as if only one Land Cruiser unveiling for the year wasn’t enough. However, this feels extremely different from Toyota’s previous Land Cruisers.
Whereas gas-powered Land Cruisers are tall, hefty, and have large tires, the Land Cruiser Se concept is low, slender, and elegant, which is emphasized by the forward-leaning rear hatch. And those wheels are massive, with extremely thin tires. It appears to be better suited for cruising the streets of town than for exploring the countryside.
That’s not to suggest it’s devoid of design cues from the long-running SUV range. It has squared-off wheel wells and fenders, a nearly horizontal bonnet, and a roof in contrasting colors. Furthermore, Toyota claims three rows of seating.
Despite the fact that the Land Cruiser Se’s electric engine is the largest deviation so far, there’s not much to say about its technical elements. It is not just all-electric, but it also has a unibody structure rather than body-on-frame (or some combination of the two) like today’s Land Cruisers. Toyota did not specify, but we can reasonably assume it will feature at least two engines for some sort of four-wheel drive.
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Of course, this is only a concept, and Toyota hasn’t confirmed if it will be produced. We’re not sure if this will be prioritized, but it appears fairly certain that the Land Cruiser will be electrified at some point. However, we hope that the style stays true to today’s SUVs.