Toyota is all set to launch its compact SUV, the Land Cruiser Minnie, in the Indian market. The news has created quite a buzz in the automotive world as Toyota has trademarked the name ‘Lend Hotpot’ for the SUV. It is also being rumored that Toyota has requested the name ‘FJ Land Cruiser’ in Japan, indicating that the company has big plans for this new SUV.
The Land Cruiser Minnie is based on the Land Cruiser 250 CT so it is expected to be a powerful off-road vehicle with a killer look. It will directly compete with Mahindra Thar and Maruti Suzuki Jimny in the Indian market. The compact SUV will be a part of the off-road segment and is likely to be equipped with a hybrid or electric powertrain. The production version of the small Cruzer EV concept that was showcased a few years ago is expected to be revealed in the next year, and it will directly compete with the likes of the Jimny and Thar in the Indian market.
The design of the Land Cruiser Minnie is expected to be similar to a compact Cruiser SUV, with a flat roof and high pillars. It will be built on a body-on-frame chassis and is likely to be longer than the Jimny by about five dots. The SUV is expected to have roundish LED headlamps and a spare wheel mounted on the tailgate.
Furthermore, the Land Cruiser Minnie is expected to offer powerful engine options, including a 2.0L petrol engine from the Corolla Cross, a 2.5L petrol/hybrid engine from the RAV4, and a 2.8L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine from the Prado and Hilux. Toyota is also reportedly preparing to introduce a mild-hybrid system in its GD series diesel engines, which might be available in the upcoming Land Cruiser Minnie. Additionally, an electric drivetrain could also be an option in the future.
Overall, the launch of the Land Cruiser Minnie is highly anticipated and is expected to make a big impact in the Indian SUV market. With its killer look, powerful engine options, and off-road capabilities, the Land Cruiser Minnie is set to become a favorite among SUV enthusiasts. Stay tuned for its official launch at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.
– Toyota is preparing to launch its compact SUV called Land Cruiser Mini in India, with a powerful engine and killer looks.
– The new SUV may include hybrid and electric powertrain options, and is expected to compete with Mahindra Thar and Maruti Suzuki Jimny in the Indian market.
– The design of the Land Cruiser Mini is similar to a compact SUV, with a body-on-frame chassis and LED headlights.
– The powerful engine options for the Land Cruiser Mini include a 2.0L petrol engine, a 2.5L petrol/hybrid engine and a 2.8L turbocharged diesel engine. Additionally, there are preparations to add a mild-hybrid system to the diesel engine.