Home Car Meet the electrical Toyota LandCruiser, and electrical Toyota ute of the long run

Meet the electrical Toyota LandCruiser, and electrical Toyota ute of the long run

Meet the electrical Toyota LandCruiser, and electrical Toyota ute of the long run


The Toyota LandCruiser Se and Toyota EPU idea break with custom by not solely that includes all-electric drivetrains, but in addition being primarily based on a monocoque passenger car-platform slightly a body-on-frame structure.

The pair will probably be on present on the Tokyo motor present, and level to a future the place Toyota’s icons can be found with extra than simply petrol or diesel energy.

LandCruiser Se

Apart from the delicate Toyota lettering on the higher “grille”, and its boxy silhouette, there are few different apparent hyperlinks between the LandCruiser Se and its inside combustion engine-powered kin.

In accordance with Toyota, the LandCruiser Se is a spacious three-row seven-seat SUV that “broadens the LandCruiser model’s enchantment” by catering “to the world’s various wants”.

Measuring 5150mm lengthy, 1990mm broad, 1705mm tall, and using on a 3050mm wheelbase, the LandCruiser Se ought to have loads of house for as much as seven passengers to lounge about.

The Se pairs a monocoque physique with both the e-TNGA structure or its successor. This ensures the automobile has “extremely responsive dealing with and confidence in tackling tough terrain”, though it’ll in all probability really feel extra at dwelling at Toorak or Vaucluse than the Simpson Desert.

Traditionalists will little question abhor this kind of model extension, however Toyota has lots of current kind on this discipline. For the sixteenth technology of the Crown, the corporate added a crossover sedan and crossover hatch to the vary, basing each these variants on the GA-Ok traverse engine, front- and all-wheel drive structure shared with the Camry.

The automaker has additionally expanded the Century line to incorporate a new crossover that shares extra with the Grand Highlander than the standard rear-drive ultra-luxury saloon.


There have been loads of rumours of Toyota launching a car-based “life-style” ute to tackle the likes of the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Perhaps all that business chatter was pointing in direction of the EPU idea.

Measuring 5070mm lengthy, 1910mm broad, and 1710mm tall, the EPU has just about the identical dimensions because the Maverick and Santa Cruz.

The one space the place it stands out, aside from its all-electric drivetrain, is its 3350mm wheelbase, which is at round 300mm longer than its rivals from America and Korea.

Toyota has not offered any particulars concerning the drivetrains for both the LandCruiser Se or EPU, nor has it offered any indication of when these ideas would possibly transition into manufacturing fashions.

Given the EPU has an inside, it’s doable the “mid-size” ute is nearer to manufacturing than the LandCruiser Se.

Forward of the motive force is yoke-style steering wheel together with a pair of overlapping screens, one for an instrumentation show, and the opposite for the touchscreen infotainment system.

Separating the 2 shows is a pod housing the transmission shifter, and controls for the digital parking brake, engine cease/begin, and hill maintain help.

The sprint additionally options sturdy-looking exhausting surfaces, together with two lipped areas to assist facilitate storage of odds and ends. Along with this, there are a number of open and coated storage areas the place a transmission tunnel would usually reside.

The pictures and Toyota’s press launch recommend the EPU has a big pass-through port permitting lengthy gadgets to be carried within the tray and into the passenger cabin.

Land Hopper

Toyota can be giving a debut to its Land Hopper idea. From earlier teaser photographs of a sub-Prado SUV, and the trademark purposes for the Land Hopper identify, many assumed the 2 had been one and the identical.

Alas, it doesn’t appear to be that’s case, at the least for now.

The Land Hopper on show at this month’s Japan Mobility Present in Tokyo is a three-wheel “electrical private mobility idea” with two linked wheels on the entrance.

Designated as a small motorised bike in Japan, it may be ridden by anybody over the age of 16 even when they don’t have a driver’s licence. As such it may be used as a final mile automobile, a automobile different for the younger, or a mobility assist for seniors.

The compact 1355mm lengthy Land Hopper will be folded up for storage, or when taken on board public transport. The low seat is claimed to make it simple to journey or alight, and its “distinctive lean mechanism” is claimed to “supply an intuitive, exhilarating journey not like any automobile or bicycle”.

Click on any of the photographs to see extra of the LandCruiser Se, EPU and Land Hopper.

MORE: All the pieces Toyota LandCruiser



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here