Toyota has attracted great interest globally following the presentation of the new Land Cruiser a few months ago. This model marked the long-awaited return of this name to the United States.
However, a short time later, the Japanese manufacturer shared a teaser showing a new off-road vehicle with compact dimensions , fueling rumors regarding the introduction of a further variant of the Land Cruiser to be placed below the 250 Series.
THE LAND HOPPER NAME HAS BEEN REGISTERED IN JAPAN
based on the latest noise emerged on the net, & Ldquo; Piccolo & Rdquo; Land Cruisercould be called Toyota Land Hopper, becoming the most accessible access point convenient in the Japanese brand's growing range of off-road SUVs.
The news comes from BestCarWeb and the name “Land Hopper” is was registered as a trademark on August 8 at the Japanese Patent Office. &` Importantly, Toyota's choice of the Land Hopper name may be specific to markets such as Japan. In other countries, it could adopt a different name, such as FJ Cruiser in the North American market.
SHOULD IT START FROM AROUND 24,000?
As for the price, the mysterious Land Hopper could be offered at a starting price between 3 and 3.8 million yen (18,956- 24,011 €).
On an aesthetic level, the new compact off-road vehicle could be inspired by the Land Cruiser 250 Series. &` It is likely that it will have similar dimensions to the Corolla Cross, positioning itself at the same level as the Ford Bronco.
COULD SHARE ENGINES WITH COROLLA CROSS
But unlike of many of its competitors, the new Toyota Land Hopper should offer the capabilities off-road typical of the Land Cruiser range. Rumors suggest that the new model would adopt the same engines as the Corolla Cross (petrol and hybrid). Is not serious; excluding the possibility of a 100% electric variant in the future.
In any case, further details will certainly arrive in the coming weeks. BestCarWeb claims that the new Land Hopper could be presented at the Japan Mobility Show 2023 (October 28 – November 5), followed by a launch in the second half. of 2024.
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