The Toyota Baby Lunar Cruiser, also known as the BLC, is a futuristic concept vehicle that combines the classic aesthetics of the original FJ40 Land Cruiser with the space-age capabilities of moon rovers. Birthed out of the creative minds at Toyota's US-based design studio, Calty, during its 50th anniversary, this bold concept vehicle aims to conquer challenging terrains on Earth and beyond. Its design is heavily influenced by the original FJ40 Land Cruiser and incorporates aspects of Toyota's real-life Lunar Cruiser being developed for the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The BLC is not just a return to retro design but a leap into the future. It is envisaged to be powered by in-wheel electric motors and would use a pair of joysticks for navigation instead of a conventional steering wheel. This element of designing showcases how Toyota is envisioning the future of transportation not only on Earth but also in space exploration. An interesting feature of this concept vehicle is the integration of a large, augmented reality dashboard display, providing an immersive driving experience.
The standout features of the Baby Lunar Cruiser are its airless tires, a crucial attribute considering the undesirable situation of suffering punctures on the lunar surface. While the BLC is still in its concept phase and needs to prove its gritty spirit in the real world, it shows how auto makers are combining tradition with innovation. This all-electric, moon buggy inspired vehicle may still seem like a dream, but it's certainly a dream that sparks curiosity and anticipation about the future of mobility.