The Toyota Compact Cruiser EV has gained the 2022 Car Design Award for idea autos in Milan, Italy, thus prompting Toyota to launch extra photos of the off-road-focused, retro-styled SUV. It competed towards different finalists on this class that included the likes of Audi Skysphere, Porsche Mission R, Volvo Concept Recharge, Polestar O2, Lexus Electrified Sport, IED Alpine A4810, amongst others.
The Toyota Compact Cruiser EV was first previewed late final yr alongside 15 different idea electrical autos as a part of Toyota and Lexus’ future international electrical automotive line-up. The two corporations then detailed plans to launch 30 new electrical autos by 2030.
The Compact Cruiser EV has been created by the Toyota Europe Design improvement centre in Nice, France. It is to be famous that the idea SUV remains to be not out in flesh, and the life-sized prototype pictured right here is just a static clay mannequin, as is obvious by the darkish tint on the home windows.
As for its design, the Compact Cruiser EV clearly takes inspiration from the primary era of Toyota’s legendary Land Cruiser fashions, whereas additionally being harking back to the FJ Cruiser from 2006.
Up entrance, in step with the retro theme, the Compact Cruiser EV includes a grille with the Toyota lettering within the centre flanked by horizontally organized LED headlights, which lends it a J80 Land Cruiser-style face. Then, there’s the cumbersome entrance bumper with a big silver skid plate and protruding, squared-off wheel arches that clearly publicizes its off-road intent. The bonnet, in the meantime, is flat and includes a broad, central air scoop.
In profile, what stands out is the heavy physique cladding and outstanding kink within the window line. The contrasting color for the C-pillar and the blacked-out A-pillar additionally give the roof a floating impact. Meanwhile, the side-mounted ladder and bespoke roof rack additional add to the ruggedness of the automobile. The retro-styled wheels shod in all-terrain tyres are a cool contact.
At the rear, the Compact Cruiser EV will get squarish LED tail-lights, Toyota lettering on the tailgate and, peculiarly, an extension of the roof rack into the tailgate itself. Just just like the entrance, the rear bumper can be cumbersome and includes a outstanding silver skid plate.
Toyota has been tight lipped concerning the technical particulars of the Compact Cruiser EV to date, however it’s anticipated to be primarily based on an electrified model of Toyota’s TNGA platform that additionally underpins the bigger bZ4x SUV.