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Toyota's new baby ute concept can be anything it wants when it grows up, from a mobile electric car charger to a tiny camper


Toyota is readying a baby ute, revealed in concept form at the 2023 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS), intended for light-commercial tasks or conversion into one of any business and service forms.

Called the Rangga - inspired by the Javanese word for hero - the small ute is designed for versatility in its applications, able to be fitted out to be a standard work ute, a service vehicle, or even a mobile shop.

PT Toyota-Astra Motor - a joint venture between Toyota and Indonesian company Astra International - built a series of concepts to show off the range of uses for the Rangga concept, including a Mobile Café, Ambulance, 'EV Mobile Service' and a Pace Car.

The Rangga's not likely to make it to Australia, given its diminutive size and the focus of its development being on use in South-East Asian markets. Essentially, it's not the baby sibling the Toyota HiLux deserves.

It's also not had its specifications confirmed, though Top Gear Philippines reports the model will be able to be had with diesel, petrol, hybrid and electric drivetrains.

Vice President of PT Toyota-Astra Henry Tanoto says the company is aiming to "revive the commercial market which has contributed a lot to the welfare of the Indonesian economy and people".

"Toyota presents the Rangga concept car to be able to continue the legacy of success from the iconic Kijang Pick Up, which is known for its toughness and reliability, and is able to provide mobility solutions that are economical and meet the needs of business people."

The production version of the Rangga isn't likely to depart from the concept too much, as the car displayed at GIIAS already looks relatively ready for the streets.