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Toyota FJ Cruiser Swiftly Returns to Life to Digitally Spite 2-Door Broncos and Wranglers

When you think of Toyota, there's no way of separating the Japanese automaker from North America – this company has been inherently linked to the American lifestyle for decades.
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And there is no need to take our word for granted. Just think about some of its models from 2023 – they completely dropped the C-HR subcompact crossover SUV even though it just gained a new lease of life from the second-gen version instead of focusing on the larger Corolla Cross Hybrid. They also created the massive Grand Highlander (and its sibling Lexus TX, both in production at TMMI in Princeton, Indiana) three-row eight-seat family-oriented crossover SUV.

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?


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Editor's note: Gallery includes additional off-road SUV and truck projects by the same author.

About the author: Aurel Niculescu
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Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
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