Do you need even more examples? Well, let us not forget about the absolute superstars – the N400 fourth-gen Toyota Tacoma that aims to further dominate the mid-size pickup truck sector with its new i-Force Max hybrid powertrain or the swift return of the 2024 Land Cruiser after being on hiatus for just three years. You can't say Toyota doesn't listen to its fans, right?
Anyway, speaking of the all-new light-duty Land Cruiser, which is twinned with the 2024 Lexus GX and known as Land Cruiser Prado or 250 in specific markets to avoid confusion with the J300 Land Cruiser, there is no denying that it's already a massive success with the critics and public alike – even though its first deliveries US are only scheduled during the first quarter of next year. Hey, even the rumor mill fell in love with it.
And the rumors are running rampant about the Land Cruiser spawning a 'baby' version to offer a compact off-road SUV option to anyone thinking that the best-selling RAV4 isn't rugged enough – kind of like what Ford is doing with the big Bronco and smaller Bronco Sport, albeit without dropping the rugged body-on-frame chassis for a unibody construction. Plus, the Land Cruiser also became a darling of the imaginative realm of digital car content creators around the same time.
Over there, in the parallel universes of vehicular CGI, the virtual story also focused on many other body styles – Land Cruiser pickup trucks, shrunken SUVs, and also two-door derivatives. Of course, the latter was often associated with another rugged SUV nameplate – Toyota's retro-styled FJ Cruiser. However, not all pixel masters use this kind of (rather limited) Land Cruiser x FJ Cruiser revival narrative.
For example, Mo Ismail, the previously independent virtual artist known as mo_aoun_ismail on social media, continues to play with AI and 3D sketch software tools. Because he's a creative designer at Jeep, Chrysler, and Ram Trucks for Stellantis North America, he obviously doesn't have much time to spend on his personal design projects.
So, he's always happy when another of his old, unfinished 3D models comes to life in less than ten minutes. If he's happy, we're also ecstatic because he continues along the line of rugged SUVs (previous attempts include a next-gen Mercedes G, and adventurous Cybertruck, a Scout revival, and even a big-grilled BMW X pickup truck!) with yet another attempt at resurrecting the beloved Toyota FJ Cruiser. So, what do you think? Does Vizcom's AI really elevate the whole design process on its own, or is the artist's considerable talent simply taken to new heights with software-based rocket propulsion?