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Toyota Mega Cruiser

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Toyota Mega Cruiser

The Toyota Mega Cruiser is used by Japans military

 
 
Country of origin Japan
Entered service 1995-1996 (?)
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 5
Dimensions and weight
Weight (curb) 2.9 t
Payload capacity ~ 1.5 t
Length 5.09 m
Width 2.17 m
Height 2.08 m
Mobility
Engine Toyota 15B-FTE 4.1-liter diesel
Engine power 153 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 100 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.4 m
Trench ~ 0.4 m
Fording ~ 0.8 m

 

   The Toyota Mega Cruiser is a heavy-duty off-road vehicle. The Baseline BXD10 version was originally designed for military purposes as the Japanese equivalent of the US HMMWV. A prototype was first presented in 1993. Production of the Mega Cruiser commenced in 1995. The Mega Cruiser saw limited military service. It was used by Japan's air force, as well as police and fire departments throughout Japan. There was also a civilian version of the Mega Cruiser. This vehicle was sold exclusively in Japan. It is one of the largest 4x4 vehicles ever built by Toyota. It was reported that a total of 3 000 Mega Cruisers were built until production stopped in 2001.

   This vehicle has a payload capacity of around 1 500 kg. It comes with a hard top as standard. It can be uses to transport personnel, supplies and various military equipment. It can also tow trailers and light artillery systems.

   This vehicle accommodates driver plus 5 passengers. There is a large cargo area at the rear. It is accessed via large rear hatch.

   The Mega Cruiser is powered by Toyota 15B-FTE 4.1-liter diesel, developing 153 hp. It produces high amounts of torque at low revs. Engine is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Vehicle has all-wheel steering. The Mega Cruiser can travel over difficult terrain. A central tyre inflation system was proposed as an option.

 

Variants

 

   Toyota Mega Cruiser BXD10 is a military version described in this article. It was introduced in 1995.

   Toyota Mega Cruiser BXD20 is a commercial version. It accommodates driver and 5 passengers. Engine developed 153 hp depending on the version. It was proposed as an alternative to the Hummer H1, a civilian version of the HMMWV. It was sold since 1996. Production stopped in 2001, though vehicles were still sold until 2002. Some sources claim that only 133 of these vehicles were ever sold. It was never offered outside Japan, though some vehicles ended up in other countries. It was normally produced in right-hand drive configuration, though around 12 of these vehicles were reportedly produced with left-hand drive configuration.

   Kohkidohdha is a tactical military vehicle. It was designed to transport soldiers and military equipment. It is based on the Mega Cruiser but the basic design was simplified in order to reduce procurement costs and simplify maintenance. At the same time off-road capabilities were improved. It uses an uprated engine, developing 170 hp. This vehicle has a soft canvas cover. It accommodates driver and 9 passengers. The Kohkidohdha is used by Japans military in large number.

 

 

 
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