Toyota Mega Cruiser

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Toyota Mega Cruiser
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Overview
ManufacturerToyota
Production1995-2002
AssemblyGifu, Japan
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size SUV
Body style4-door SUV
Related
Powertrain
Engine4.1L 15B-FTE I4 diesel turbo
Transmission4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,396 mm (133.7 in)
Length5,090 mm (200.4 in)
Width2,169 mm (85.4 in)
Height2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Curb weight2,901 kg (6,395 lb)

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 resembles the Hummer H1, and like the Hummer, was designed primarily for military use with the Mega Cruiser seeing duty as infantry transport, a light prime mover for heavy mortars, and mobile Surface-to-air missiles in the Japan Self Defense Forces. The military version is known as the BXD10, and the civilian version as BXD20. Civilian uses incurred expensive taxes imposed by the Japanese government for dimension regulations and annual road tax obligations. It was available in Japan only at Toyota Store locations.

Sold exclusively in Japan, the Mega Cruiser was used by prefectural police and fire/rescue departments, with a limited number sold to civilians. The vehicle was intended to test designs that would eventually make their way into mass-produced Toyota SUVs, such as the Land Cruiser, but was financially unsuccessful for Toyota.

The Mega Cruiser featured a 4.1 L turbodiesel inline-4 engine. The engine focused on producing high torque at low revs. The SUV featured front, center, and rear differential locks, as well as four wheel steering.

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See also[edit]

  • Iveco LMV – an Italian four-wheel drive military vehicle.
  • URO VAMTAC – a Spanish four-wheel drive military vehicle, also similar in appearance and design to the US Humvee.

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