Toyota Brings Back The Spirit Of The FJ – April 16, 2017– Aichi , Japan (Techreleased) – Toyota has reincarnated the spirit of its FJ LandCruisers and other iconic adventure vehicles with the world premiere of the FT-4X Concept at the New York auto show.
The revolutionary Toyota FT-4X – or Future Toyota 4WD Crossover – is a four-wheel-drive toolbox penned by Toyota’s Calty Design Research studio in California.
“We focused on how a crossover vehicle can add fun and value to casual adventures both I and out of the city, thinking about how someone would use it, and what they would love to do with it.”
Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture C-platform, the FT-4X is inspired by a simple, sturdy “X theme”.
At the sides, a vertical X is shaped to provide the widest point at the door handle, creating a natural protective zone for the occupants. A similar treatment is used for the tailgate.
Designers also developed a horizontal X theme that accentuates the rugged 18-inch wheels at each corner of the vehicle.
A vertical picture window set above the driver’s side rear fender can be removed and swapped with multiple opaque colour or tinted class options, allowing owners to personalise their FT-4X.
Twin boxes in the cargo area – one warm, the other cold – are designated for functions such as storing snacks, warming gloves or cooling ice-packs.
An ultra-compact The North Face® sleeping bag fits neatly between the front seats and functions as an armrest above an extra-large dividing console with more storage space.
Its breathable, high-grip, hybrid mesh surface allows for wet items to dry quickly while its bungee cord lattices keep small items in place.
The blue and orange storage themes continue in the dashboard with a larger blue chest that appears to float above a carved orange bin.
A removable multimedia system is part boom box and part in-dash stereo, engineered with an extra-large handle grip.
Although there is no traditional navigation screen, designers included a mobile-phone mount directly above the cylindrical digital instrument cluster – a concept that recognises that users are used to relying on their own devices for directions.
Although a concept, the FT-4X could potentially employ a punchy, small-displacement four-cylinder engine combined with its mechanical 4WD, selectable low range and front MacPherson strut suspension and rear double wishbones.
Calty chief designer Ian Cartabiano said the mechanical satisfaction of the concept’s tactile grips, handles and controls are in contrast with today’s digital world.
“You can tell that we had a blast designing the FT-4X because it looks fun to use and fun to drive,” Mr Cartabiano said. “We want everyone to interact with this car and feel a sense of delight and excitement.”