Toyota working on a compact Cruiser; Could be called Land Hopper

Toyota internally refers to the upcoming Compact Cruiser as a “Jimny Killer”.

Earlier this year, Toyota took the wraps off its latest-generation Land Cruiser Prado. However, in the backdrop of the SUV’s unveil, Toyota showcased the silhouettes of two other Land Cruiser models for the future, a Compact Cruiser EV and a bZ Concept.

The carmaker also recently applied for a trademark in its home market, Japan, for the name “Land Hopper”. Now, as per reports, the Land Hopper name could be used on Toyota’s upcoming compact Cruiser model. Reports also state that the smaller Land Cruiser model could be unveiled as early as the 2023 Japan Mobility Show, scheduled for October end.

While details of the upcoming Toyota Land Hopper (Compact Cruiser) are unclear, the carmaker has reportedly stated that the model will not be electric-only, and instead will be offered with petrol and diesel engine options; maybe even a hybrid powertrain. While Toyota is yet to confirm any specifications, the Land Hopper could get engine options ranging from a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol hybrid from the Corolla Cross to a 2.8-litre diesel on the Hilux pickup. For the electric trim, reports state that the electric drivetrain being developed for the Tacoma in the US, upon completion, could be modified and used on the Land Hopper.

The Land Hopper is said to use a shortened version of the GA-F platform, which underpins models like the 300-series Land Cruiser, the Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra and the new Lexus GX. Reports state that Toyota internally refers to the upcoming Compact Cruiser as a “Jimny Killer”. The SUV is expected to measure 4351 mm in length, 1,854 mm in width and 1,880 mm in height. Also, the length includes the tyre carrier hung on the SUV’s rear boot lid.

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