Toyota Mega Cruiser

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Toyota Mega Cruiser
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Overview
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 1995–2002
Assembly Gifu, Japan
Body and chassis
Class Full-size SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Related Toyota Dyna
Toyota Coaster
Powertrain
Engine 4.1 L 15B-FTE turbodiesel I4, 155 hp (116 kW)
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 133.7 in (3,396 mm)
Length 200.4 in (5,090 mm)
Width 85.4 in (2,169 mm)
Height 81.7 in (2,075 mm)
Curb weight 6,395 lb (2,901 kg)

The Toyota Mega Cruiser is a large, heavy-duty four wheel drive vehicle introduced by Toyota in 1995. The largest 4WD ever built by Toyota, it resembled the Hummer H1, and like the Hummer, was designed primarily for military use with the Mega Cruiser seeing duty as infantry transports, equipped with mounted howitzers and mobile Surface-to-air missiles in the Japan Self Defense Forces. The civilian version is known as a BXD20 and the military version as the BXD10.

Exclusively sold in Japan, the Mega Cruiser also was used by prefectural police and fire/rescue departments, and a limited number were sold to civilians. This vehicle was intended to test designs that would eventually make their way into mass-produced Toyota SUVs (like the Land Cruiser), but was financially unsuccessful for Toyota.

The Mega Cruiser featured a 4.1 L turbodiesel I4 engine. The engine focused on producing high amounts of torque at low revs. The SUV featured front, center, and rear differentials, as well as four wheel steering.

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