Toyota Baby Lunar Cruiser: Electric SUV Controlled by Joysticks for Moon Driving

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Toyota’s American design studio, CALTY Design Research, is marking its 50th anniversary by unveiling the Toyota Baby Lunar Cruiser. This electric SUV concept takes inspiration from the iconic FJ40 Land Cruiser and the real Lunar Cruiser being developed by Toyota and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Designed to assist in moon exploration, the Baby Lunar Cruiser features in-wheel electric motors and is controlled by dual joysticks.

The concept showcases upgraded technologies, including a protruding glass canopy that enhances outward visibility. It also offers a panoramic setup through a dashboard display powered by augmented reality. The front of the Baby Lunar Cruiser features the TOYOTA script on the grille, along with cameras and sensors that scan and monitor the surroundings of the electric SUV while navigating the moon’s terrain.

Although the Toyota Baby Lunar Cruiser is currently a concept, many of its innovative design elements could potentially be incorporated into future SUV models. For instance, the split tailgate configuration and adjustable spaceframe seats and panels allow for flexibility in interior design, suitable for both on and off-land adventures.

CALTY Design Research continues to push the boundaries of design for Toyota, having previously created notable models like the 1978 Toyota Celica and the upcoming 2024 Toyota Tacoma. The introduction of the Baby Lunar Cruiser concept combines adaptive technology and design cues from the original FJ40 Land Cruiser, offering a glimpse into the future concepts that the design team will unveil in the years to come. CALTY’s recent production designs include the 2024 Land Cruiser and the 2024 Tacoma, with many more exciting projects expected in the pipeline.

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