The acronym Tj is said to represent a focus on 'toolbox joy.'

Toyota has released the first pictures of its upcoming Tj Cruiser, a spacious vehicle that aims to combine the benefits of a cargo van with the rugged design of an SUV.

The company says the acronym Tj represents a focus on 'toolbox' utility and the 'joy' of visiting various places by car.

The Tj features a square-shape cabin to maximize cargo space, with fold-flat front and rear passenger seats that provide flexibility to load items nearly 10 feet long. Seatbacks are covered in tie-down points to securely anchor large objects.

Large sliding doors provide access to the rear seating/stowage area, while the rear gate lifts high to help load tall items such as bicycles. Surfaces of the hood, roof and fenders are also specially coated to resist abrasion by dirt or contact with unwieldy cargo.

Toyota suggests the Tj will be underpinned by its versatile TNGA platform architecture, with a 2.0-liter class engine and hybrid system. Buyers will be able to choose from front- or all-wheel drive.

The company has not outlined a development timeframe to bring the high-riding van to market.