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Toyota ‘TJ Cruiser’ trademark found, for mini FJ Cruiser?

Toyota has trademarked the nameplate ‘TJ Cruiser’, according to an AutoGuide report, which leads to speculation of a small SUV in the vain of the FT-4X Concept that was revealed at last month’s New York auto show.

As Toyota has recently ended production of the Prado-based FJ Cruiser, the retro, utilitarian-theme expressed on the boxy FT-4X could make a good counterpoint to the curvy, coupe-like C-HR in the small SUV segment.

Mercedes-Benz is believed to be trying a similar approach with the rumoured ‘GLB‘ to sell alongside the GLA. The GLB would draw on the G-Class for styling inspiration and proportions.

The FT-4X sat on the same TNGA platform as the C-HR, but featured a mechanical four-wheel drive system, like the 70 Series LandCruiser, and four-wheel independent suspension. The concept was 4249mm long, 1821mm wide and 1623mm tall.

The C-HR as well as the Nissan Juke and upcoming Hyundai Kona are seemingly targeted at a more youthful demographic, who favour bold styling in their crossovers. A production FT-4X would appeal to a different demographic with its traditional Toyota 4X4 ability and styling cues.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.