The Toyota Urban Cruiser was a concept vehicle created
by Toyota's European Design Center. The Urban Cruiser
was debuted at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show as a nonfunctional
The Toyota Urban Cruiser was a compact-SUV which was smaller
than the company's RAV4 model. It featured a rather unusual
exterior design which was more quirky than stylish. The
front end was especially ugly, and featured an odd beak-shaped
hood, and a grille with two fang-shaped inserts. The rear
lower bumper mimicked the appearance of the front grille.
The interior of the Toyota Urban Cruiser was vastly superior
to the exterior. Designed by Yi Yeong Jae, the interior
was inspired by fashion and modern furniture design. The
interior featured very organic, flowing shapes, and a
striking center console which seemingly flowed as one-piece
out of the top of the dashboard. This console featured
clever backlit lighting which could display information
or navigation in a soft and subtle manner.
In the end Toyota decided not to put the Urban Cruiser
into production. Which is probably a good thing. Ugly
doesn't usually sell well.
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