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Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Mega Cruiser as the Toyota-made Hummer-like vehicle

Talking about SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles) from Japan, of course, you can't miss it or usually the one that immediately comes to mind is the Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 model. But it turns out that it's not the only SUV ever made by Toyota Motor Corporation, there is another SUV from the Japanese manufacturer that is interesting to discuss, namely the Toyota Mega Cruiser.
The Toyota Mega Cruiser has a dashing look with super large dimensions, and is used by the JGSDF and the Japan National Police Agency. (Picture from: Gridoto)
Now physically if you pay attention, the figure of the Toyota Mega Cruiser has a dashing appearance with very large dimensions with a boxed body. At first glance, its design look similar to the Hummer. So, why is the design so similar to the Hummer?
The Toyota Mega Cruiser has a body with dimensions of 16 inches longer and 7 inches taller than the Hummer. (Picture from: Gridoto)
As quoted of Topgear, as we know that the Hummer's military version aka HMMWV has proven its reliability when used by the United States armed forces in various military operations around the world. It turns out that not only Toyota is captivated by the design, there is the Oltre made by Fiat, an Italian automotive giant back in 2005. All of which have a similar design to the American-made Humvee.
The civilian version of the Toyota Mega Cruiser has a luxurious interior. (Picture from: Gridoto)
So when the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) need the reliable SUVs, and asked the Toyota designed the multi-purpose vehicle as like the American-made. Besides being used by the JGSDF, several units of this multi-purpose vehicle are also used by the Japan's National Police Agency.
The Toyota Mega Cruiser is powered by a 4-cylinder 4,100 cc turbodiesel engine coded 15B-FT capable of spewing power up to 153 horsepower with torque of 382 Nm at 1,800 rpm. (Picture from: MotorBiscuit)
Although the design is similar to the Hummer, the Toyota Mega Cruiser has a body with dimensions of 16 inches longer and 7 inches taller. For the drivetrain, the Toyota Mega Cruiser is powered by a 4-cylinder 4,100 cc turbodiesel engine coded 15B-FT which is claimed to be capable of spewing power up to 153 horsepower with a peak torque of 382 Nm at 1,800 rpm.
The engine is coupled with a 4-speed automatic gearbox, and is also equipped with a 2-speed transfer case to distribute power to all four wheels (full-time 4WD). The Japanese auto manufacturer produced the Toyota Mega Cruiser in between 1996 to 2001 as many as 3,000 units. Of these, 133 units have been sold to the civilian. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTORBISCUIT ]
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