Short for ‘Future Toyota-Four-wheel-drive Crossover’, the FT-4X may not be the FJ successor we were hoping for but (Toyota thinks that) it is the successor we need.
At the 2017 New York Auto Show Toyota showcased a funky crossover named the FT 4X, made keeping in mind the ‘generic’ millennial. It is intended to fill the gap between their hardcore SUVs like the 4Runner and Tacoma, and cars like the RAV4 and C-HR.
The Toyota FT-4X is certainly unique and seems to have caught the attention of many. Let’s check out some of its details.
–This article contains speculations based on available information
Toyota FT 4X
It is easy to notice that the Toyota FT-4X is still in its early concept stage, as envisioned by their Calty Design Research, in Newport Beach, Calif. However, it also gives glimpses of what the manufacturer is aiming for. With the new Ford Bronco scheduled for 2020, we could see a face-off by end of this decade.
Toyota California design boss Kevin Hunter said that it was the shifting trend to small, frugal SUVs that prompted them to think seriously on the segment. The FT-4X is based on their new Global vehicle architecture and they are leaving no stones unturned to please the Gen Y.
|2018 Toyota FT-4X|
|Price in USA||$26,000|
|Engine||Gasoline, Diesel, Hybrid|
Design wise, the FT-4X concept looks like a toy car at the moment. However, it does have the mettle to turn in to a very capable crossover. It is square shaped and rugged, and even gives homage to some early Toyota SUVs. At the front, the modern Toyota logo has been ditched for a bold, ‘Toyota’ name written on the grille. The window on its driver side rear fender is sort of like their Pickup Xtracab and they are removable.
At the rear, Toyota’s ‘Multi-Hatch’ system can open both upwards and sideways by turning the lever. Large reflective tow hooks can be seen on the bumper and the tie down hoops at the corners of the roof rack are fitted with lights that are a huge help for camping.
On the inside, the FT-4X is equally rugged and practical. Interior lights and Radio are portable and can be removed and its door handles can be used as water bottles. The car’s rear seat can be folded flat and can be used for sleeping or for extra cargo. In with the shifting trend, mobile phones will be the prime source of infotainment and can be mounted just above the instrument cluster.
Toyota FT 4X Engine
The concept car comes with nothing under its hood and it is hard to guess which engine options will be provided. Apart from petrol and diesel, a hybrid unit is also expected to be part of the line-up.
Toyota FT 4X price, release date, production
The Toyota FT 4X is expected to be revealed in the year 2019, reaching dealerships as a 2020 model. The production model will definitely lose some of the fancy features but practicality will be ensured.
Price is not revealed yet but it will be in competition with the Ford Bronco and the Jeep Wrangler.
Toyota might also bring the SUV to India as they do not have any offering in the segment.