The 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is another chance for concept cars — from the near-production to the fantastical — to take center stage and for automakers to give strong hints about their intentions for future products. Unsurprisingly, hybrid and electric vehicles were dominant themes, as were SUVs, crossovers and the like.
Here are five of the coolest concepts from this year’s show:
Toyota TJ Cruiser
This smaller … SUV? Minivan? … made its global debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, but this is its first appearance stateside. Toyota fans might recognize the name — and the looks — as similar to the FJ Cruiser SUVsold in North America from 2006 to 2014. In Tokyo, the TJ Cruiser had a hybrid powertrain, on-demand four-wheel drive, and scratch- and dirt-resistant fenders, roof and hood. Other outlets at the time saw that it was based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture platform and, considering the SUV craze, figured the TJ Cruiser destined for production. The delay in showing it off in the U.S., coupled with the niche market it seems designed to serve, makes it seem less likely.