Toyota is exploring ways to make its Tacoma SUV smaller and lighter, in a bid to improve its ability to maneuver in the wild.
The company’s research division is working on the idea of a compact SUV that could be fitted with two- and four-wheel drive.
“This is an opportunity to put Tacoma to the test in a wide range of challenging environments,” the Toyota statement said.
“We’re exploring the idea that it can be made smaller to enable it to operate in more challenging environments, such as extreme heat and water, as well as the possibility of putting it to the testing in urban environments.”
The research team is also working on developing the vehicle’s exterior design, which will also include “a unique air suspension system”.
“In the future, we hope to see Tacoma vehicles equipped with advanced sensors that can detect and track vehicles on the road,” the statement added.
Toyota has already announced that it will begin production of the Tacoma SUV in the US later this year.