Toyota Compact Cruiser concept EV wins 2022 Car Design Award
Toyota has released new images of an actual model of its Compact Cruiser EV and announced that the car has won the 2022 Car Design Award. The award was presented to the company at Milan Design Week. The electric off-roader was first revealed in December and was created by Toyota Europe Design at the company’s Nice development centre.
Toyota Design was a finalist in all three Car Design Award categories: Production Vehicles, Concept Vehicles, and Brand Design language. The Compact Cruiser won the Concept car class, and the Toyota Aygo Cross was a finalist in the Production cars group.
Toyota notes that the electric vehicle’s design nods to the first-generation Land Cruiser. For example, the car features squared-off wheel arches and strong body sections. The concept car has LED lights, a built-in ladder and a roof rack, plus mismatched wheels on either side of the vehicle. The company says that it is targeting young people living in cities with the lifestyle-oriented all-wheel-drive vehicle.
Other information about the EV, such as its power, mileage, cost and release date, are currently unknown. Toyota’s first all-electric vehicle, the bZ4X, was recently launched in the UK, starting from £41,950 (~US$51,930). Also, a GR Sport version of the car is rumored to be on the way.