Toyota Mega Cruiser
|Toyota Mega Cruiser|
|Assembly||Japan: Gifu (Gifu Auto Body)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door SUV|
|Engine||4.1L 15B-FTE I4 (turbo-diesel)|
|Transmission||4-speed Aisin A443F automatic|
|Wheelbase||3,395 mm (134 in)|
|Length||5,090 mm (200 in)|
|Width||2,170 mm (85 in)|
|Height||2,075 mm (82 in)|
|Curb weight||2,850 kg (6,283 lb)|
The Toyota Mega Cruiser (Japanese: トヨタ・メガクルーザー, Toyota Megakurūzā) is a large, heavy-duty four wheel drive SUV introduced by Toyota in 1995. The largest 4WD ever built by Toyota, it resembles the Hummer H1 in terms of design.
Sold exclusively in Japan via Toyota Store locations, the Mega Cruiser was also used by prefectural police, the Japan Auto Federation and fire/rescue departments. As of 2020, it was reported that Toyota had produced 3,000 units before production was halted. A total of 133 Mega Cruisers were sold to civilians.
A prototype of the Toyota Mega Cruiser was first presented to the public at the 30th Tokyo Motor Show in October 1993. Production began in late 1995 at Toyota's Gifu Auto Body subsidiary before sales began in 1996.
All Mega Cruiser production was reported to have been halted in 2001 while sales officially ended in 2002. The reason being slow sales due to strict vehicle taxes and Japan having a lot of narrow streets.
The Mega Cruiser was designed as a 4-door full-size SUV and features a 4.1 L turbo diesel inline-4 engine. The engine was rated at 114 kW (153 hp) and 382 N⋅m (282 lb⋅ft) of torque at 1,800 rpm while also being very robust. A 4-speed Aisin-Warner automatic transmission with a two-speed transfer case transfers power to all four wheels.
Its wheelbase is 3,395 mm (134 in) and it is 5,090 mm (200 in) in length. The vehicle is 2,075 mm (82 in) high and 2,170 mm (85 in) wide. It has a load capacity of 600 kg and has a curb weight of 2,850 kg (6,283 lb). The SUV featured front, center, and rear differential locks, as well as four wheel steering. It has a central tire pressure system installed as an optional feature and has a hardtop roof. The Mega Cruiser has seats for two people in front and fourteen people at the back.
Mega Cruiser (BXD10)
Missile launcher (BXD10)
Mega Cruiser (BXD20)
The BXD20 version was made for civilian sales and was available with two roof types, the standard low roof and the optional high roof. Some BXD20 versions also saw service as a military vehicle while others were used by prefectural police/fire departments and the JAF.
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