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Toyota Teases Two Very Different Concepts for Tokyo 2017

by Paul Strauss
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Toyota is heading to the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show with a couple of really interesting new concept cars, including an eco-friendly sports coupe, and a rugged, boxy crossover. First up is the Toyota GR HV SPORTS Concept, a 2-seater that’s designed to offer performance, while taking advantage of a modern hybrid drivetrain.

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The GR HV SPORTS looks like a highly modified Toyota 86, but packs a hybrid racing system which inherits tech from the one in Toyota’s LMP1 TS050 hybrid race car. One particularly slick feature is the fully functional 6-speed manual style shifter, despite the car having an automatic transmission. I also dig the targa style roof, and the aggressive, stairstep headlight design that stands out from other recent Toyota designs. The matte black paintjob is positively postapocalyptic, and I love it.

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On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Toyota Tj Cruiser Concept. Representing a return to the boxy look of the popular, yet recently discontinued FJ Cruiser, the Tj has decidedly more cargo space than the off-roader that inspired it. Its design was intended to provide the space of a cargo van with the driving dynamics and styling of a rugged SUV.

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The vehicle is definitely unlike anything else out there, and is designed for versatility and adventure. It would run on a 2.0-liter engine and hybrid system, and offer both front-wheel and four-wheel drive variants. Of particular note is the impressively flexible seating system, which allows all but the driver’s seat to be folded completely flat to the floor, and provides tie-down anchor points throughout the cargo area. With the passenger side seats folded, the vehicle can hold objects up to about 10 feet long inside.

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Both theĀ GR HV SPORTS Concept and the Tj Cruiser Concept will make their public debuts at the Tokyo Motor Show, which kicks off on October 25.

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