Toyota has a long history of producing off-road capable SUVs. This includes the 4Runner, Land Cruiser, and FJ Cruiser. However, the Land Cruiser was discontinued in the United States in 2022, and the last time the FJ Cruiser was sold in America was in 2014. As Toyota makes the move toward EVs, it aims to retain its edge for off-road SUVs. Enter the 2024 Toyota Compact Cruiser EV, also known as the LiteCruiser EV — an all-electric FJ Cruiser-style SUV. Find out what we know so far about the release date, price, and features of the 2024 Toyota LightCruiser EV.
When will the 2024 Toyota LightCruiser EV be released and available?
The release date of the 2024 Toyota LightCruiser EV SUV will likely be in late 2023 or early 2024. The Compact Cruiser EV will be available to buy at Toyota dealerships throughout the United States and in select international markets. For pre-order/reservation information for the LightCruiser EV, stay tuned.
How much does the 2024 Toyota LightCruiser EV cost?
Toyota didn’t yet release the price information for the 2024 LightCruiser EV. However, Car and Driver estimates that the starting cost of the Compact Cruiser EV will be $35,000. The automotive site also speculated that the LightCruiser EV could offer three trims: LE, XLE, and Limited, with the following starting prices:
- LE: $35,000
- XLE: $40,000
- Limited: $45,000
2024 LightCruiser EV specs: Electric powertrain and all-wheel drive system
Toyota hasn’t revealed much information about the 2024 LightCruiser EV SUV. However, we expect the Compact Cruiser EV to share powertrain components with some of the automaker’s upcoming electric vehicles, such as a possible Tacoma EV pickup truck. Currently, the only electric vehicle that Toyota offers in the U.S. is the bZ4X crossover SUV.
Given the off-road emphasis of the LightCruiser EV, it will undoubtedly offer an all-wheel drive system. This means that the Compact Cruiser EV will offer at least two electric motors, with a motor for both the front and rear wheels.
Award-winning design of the 2024 LightCruiser EV
The 2024 Toyota LightCruiser was previewed as a concept model in December 2021, along with many other Toyota electric vehicles. Despite its relatively recent unveiling, the Compact Cruiser EV was already honored for its design. It won the 2022 Car Design Award for Concept Vehicles, as detailed by Drive. The LightCruiser beat out a competitive field of other finalists, including the Porsche Mission R, Polestar O2, Audi Skysphere, and Lexus Electrified Sport.
Fans of the FJ Cruiser will notice design similarities for the LightCruiser EV, including its boxy body, flat roof, upright A-pillars, and large windows. The Compact Cruiser also draws inspiration from the first-generation Land Cruiser.
Back in December, Toyota revealed an absolute onslaught of new electric car concepts. My eyes immediately flew to the back corner, where there was an electric pickup that looked very much like a Tacoma EV…and right next to it was a small, boxy, off-road SUV with heavy cladding, a skid plate and a roof rack. Toyota is calling the concept the Compact Cruiser EV.
Here’s what we know about the Compact Cruiser EV so far.
The Compact Cruiser is likely to be a crossover
The Compact Cruiser takes styling cues from the first-gen Land Cruiser. But it looks very much like it runs on a car platform. And Toyota’s description of the target buyer — “young, professional urban dwellers who enjoy active outdoor leisure interests” — screams crossover.
The Compact Cruiser offers all-wheel-drive
The Compact Cruiser is already award-winning
Expect the Compact Cruiser EV to stay small
Will the Compact Cruiser be called the Land Cruiser?
Is the Compact Cruiser the new FJ Cruiser?
The Compact Cruiser may be the FT-4X concept, but electric
When will the Compact Cruiser EV arrive?
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