When the Toyota FT-4X Concept was first teased, there were rumours that it would spawn a production model to effectively replace the FJ Cruiser. But turns out that’s not actually the case.
Instead, this concept – which actually runs on the same Toyota New Global Architecture as the C-HR – essentially previews a boldly styled crossover that is anything but an extreme, hard-core off-roader. Although it is equipped with mechanical four-wheel drive and selectable low-range, Toyota bills the FT-4X Concept as suitable for “casual, less extreme” outings.
Indeed, powered by what the Japanese brand calls a “punchy, low-displacement engine”, Toyota says the concept is best suited to “traversing congested city streets or open dusty trails”, something confirmed by its MacPherson strut front, double-wishbone rear suspension setup.
The FT-4X Concept’s design is brave, with very short overhangs, seemingly tough plastic anti-scuff fenders and a set of Goodyear all-season tyres.
The exterior also boasts a re-configurable rear hatch, vehicle recovery anchorage points and power outlets intended to charge camping equipment. It furthermore features a GoPro Hero 5 built into the driver’s door mirror.
The interior is just as versatile. In it, you’ll find a heating and cooling storage box, emergency water bottles in the door handles, a removable flashlight, North Face sleeping bags and plenty of storage space.
The cabin has been separated into three zones. The front represents a “clean zone” thanks to tough mats, while the rear seats represent a “wet zone” with their all-weather mats. The boot, meanwhile, takes the form of a “rear cargo zone”, complete with sliding floor and topside tracks.
The concept is on display at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.