Last December, Toyota revealed the Compact Cruiser EV concept as part of its announcement about its future electrification plans. The Compact Cruiser EV was just one of many electric concept cars that Toyota showed off.

Toyota Compact Cruiser EV

Toyota hasn’t announced any official production plans, but it did recently receive a 2022 Car Design Award for the concept. That news prompted Toyota to release several new photos of the Compact Cruiser EV concept.

“Our research into electric vehicles has been ongoing for more than 30 years, and we’ve come a long way,” said Toyota Design Senior General Manager Simon Humphries. “After an initial phase of contact with electric vehicles, people will want zero-emission cars that speak about them and express their lifestyle. And the Compact Cruiser EV is a perfect example of that trend.”

The reason we’re so excited about the possibility of a production version, is because the Compact Cruiser EV gives us Land Cruiser and FJ Cruiser vibes in a small electric SUV. According to Toyota, the “Compact Cruiser EV is designed to enhance the lifestyles of its target customers – young, professional urban dwellers who enjoy active outdoor leisure interests – with a uniquely engaging, go-anywhere, all-wheel drive EV experience.”

Now fingers crossed that Toyota will give the Compact Cruiser EV the green light.