Toyota has revealed the winner of the 2022 Car Design Award for its Compact Cruiser concept all-electric vehicle. In addition, new photographs of a real automobile model have been posted. The off-road EV boasts sturdy body components as well as an integrated ladder and roof rack. Toyota claims that the lifestyle-focused vehicle was created for youthful city inhabitants.
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 states that the design of the electric car pays homage to the first-generation Land Cruiser. The car, for example, has squared-off wheel arches and robust body parts. The prototype car incorporates LED lighting, a built-in ladder, a roof rack, and mismatched wheels on both sides. The manufacturer claims that the lifestyle-oriented all-wheel-drive vehicle is aimed at youthful city dwellers.
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.