Toyota RAV4 gets retro Chevy Blazer vibes thanks to Mitsuoka – Roadshow

Should you’ve all the time wished a Toyota RAV4 that appears prefer it truly got here from Detroit within the 1980s, let me introduce you to Mitsuoka. The tiny Japanese automaker has made a reputation for itself by taking as we speak’s vehicles and turning them into really unimaginable automobiles — or downright hideous expressions of creativity, relying in your opinion.

Its newest creation is the Mitsuoka Buddy. The corporate revealed a teaser video for this really odd SUV on Tuesday. It seems to be so much like I took a stab at photoshopping an idea automobile, and I guarantee you, I’m not nice with Photoshop. Some right here on the Roadshow employees name it charming; I do not fairly see it that method. That is the place the entire “your opinion” factor comes into play.

Private emotions apart, the Buddy begins life as a contemporary Toyota RAV4, as you’ll be able to see from the greenhouse and the wheel arches. From there, Mitsuoka cobbles collectively varied items and components from different automobiles to create one thing acquainted, but utterly alien. The entrance works finest for me with its nods to classic pickup trucks and SUVs from the 1980s — a body-on-frame Chevy Blazer, maybe. The chunky tires and metal wheels are additionally fairly wonderful. 

This RAV4-based Mitsuoka is basically soaking within the retro American vibes, eh, Buddy?


To me, the rear falls aside with clunky proportions and taillights clearly ripped from a first-gen Cadillac XT5. It appears like I am watching two separate vehicles relying on which angle I view, however that is all a part of Mitsuoka attraction, I am advised.

I am not a Mitsuoka hater: The fellows and gals in Japan did an exquisite job on a earlier creation known as the Rock Star. That venture noticed a Mazda MX-5 Miata was a C2-generation Corvette and I used to be 100% there for it. We’ll have to attend for when the corporate’s able to share extra about its Buddy, however within the meantime, benefit from the healthful video for the automobile’s teaser, embedded above.

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Sean Szymkowski