Toyota Unveils Land Cruiser EV, EPU Pickup and Land Hopper for Japan's Mobility Show

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Several automakers have announced their presence at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show, and Toyota couldn't miss out on the action.
The company has just taken to the World Wide Web to unveil a few concept cars, including one that could preview a Land Cruiser for the Urban Jungle and another that could offer a glimpse of a future unibody pickup.

Toyota Land Cruiser Se – The Electric Crossover for the Urban Jungle

Toyota Land Cruiser Se Concept
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Looking like a futuristic Land Cruiser of smaller proportions, the all-new Land Cruiser Se is a three-row crossover with a zero-emission powertrain. It has boxy proportions reminiscent of the real thing, a minimalistic face with small Toyota lettering, and a bulky back end with a full-width light bar.

According to the Japanese company, this study measures 5,150 mm (202.8 in) in length, 1,990 mm (78.3 in) in width, and 1,705 mm (67.1 in) in height. This makes it a bit larger overall than the Tesla Model Y. The space between the axles is 3,050 mm (120.1 in), and it offers seating for seven. It has a monocoque setup, and details surrounding the zero-emission powertrain have yet to be released.

Toyota EPU – A Unibody Pickup With EV Power

Toyota EPU Concept
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Another grand premiere for Toyota is the EPU. This show car is a pickup that probably previews a future production model set to take on the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz. The EPU is 5,070 mm (199.6 in) long, 1,910 mm (75.2 in) wide, and 1,710 mm (67.3 in) tall, with a 3,350 mm (131.9 in) long wheelbase.

It has a five-seat capacity, a monocoque construction, and a battery-electric powertrain that hasn't been detailed. The EPU has a futuristic design with a few traits that tie it to the Land Cruiser Se. And for what it's worth, it looks to be closer to production than the electric crossover concept mentioned above, though we could be wrong about that.

Toyota has also provided a glimpse inside, where the electric pickup concept has a two-layer dashboard. It also comes with a dual-screen setup, minimalist air vents, and a few physical buttons, including the ones on the yoke-like steering wheel. It has a generous center console separating the front seats, and we can see numerous storage spaces to enhance its practicality.

Toyota Land Hopper – The Three-Wheeled Electric Personal Mobility Concept

Toyota Land Hopper
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Do you know how almost the entire car world believed the Land Hopper is Toyota's name for an upcoming Ford Bronco Sport rival with boxy proportions aimed at the urban jungle? Well, it is not, as the company has also introduced it ahead of its Japan Mobility Show public premiere.

Described as a "three-wheeled electric personal mobility concept," the study has two front wheels, one at the rear, and can be folded for easier storage, including in the trunk of a car. Toyota says it can be ridden without a driving license by those aged 16 or older or seniors choosing to give up their licenses, and it is 1,355 mm (53.3 in) long, 600 mm (23.6 in) wide, and 930 mm (36.6 in) tall.

Toyota's JUU Electric Wheelchair, the NEO Steer, and Space Mobility Prototype

In addition to the battery-electric crossover and pickup studies and the Land Hopper, Toyota has also uncovered an electric wheelchair. It's called the JUU, utilizes automotive components, has electric motors, and can tackle stairs up to 160 mm (6.3 in) tall.

Described as a concept that's "based on motorcycle handlebars," the NEO Steer integrates the throttle and brake pedals into the steering wheel. This component has a yoke-like styling, and a pedal-free floor space accompanies it, coming in handy to drivers with lower limb impairments.

Toyota Space Mobility Prototype
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Rounding off the list of online premieres is the Space Mobility Concept. Described as a prototype by the car manufacturer, it is "an experimental vehicle for advancing development" aimed at "creating mobility for use on the moon and in outer space."

It looks like a buggy from the future and uses four electric motors, one on each wheel. It can tackle boulders up to 500 mm (19.7 in) tall, can climb 25-degree slopes, and is a two-seater. Toyota says the Space Mobility measures 3,460 mm (136.2 in) in length, 2,175 mm (85.6 in) in width, and 1,865 mm (73.4 in) in height.

As we already told you above, the Japanese automaker will display these concepts at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show. The event will open its gates next week, on October 26, and will end on November 5. As usual, the Autoevolution team will cover all major premieres in real time, so you may want to keep an eye on our dedicated hub here.

Now, before wrapping it off and moving on to the next story, which of these concepts would you like to see in production more? Is it the Land Cruiser Se crossover or the EPU pickup? Drop a line below and let us know.
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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