Toyota hopes to target a new market with a new crossover concept dubbed as the Toyota FT-4X. The company says that this car is perfect for those who love to be outdoors, but not necessarily hardcore off-roaders.
The FT-4X, at first glance would remind you of the FJ cruiser, with their similar body type and paint job, except this one has more utilitarian touches. This was designed by the people behind Toyota’s Calty Design Research center, with inspirations from Land Cruiser’s FJ40 and pickups - with the aim to appeal to people with a growing urge to escape.
Future Toyota Four-Wheel Drive Crossover is what FT-4X really stands for. The designers think of this concept as a hybrid, considering the fact that it is small enough to fit an urban environment. At the same time, it has the ability to go off-road for an off the pavement drive. During the development phase, the FT-4X was guided by a philosophy of “rugged charm”. Five attributes were in mind: design simplicity, inherent capability, durability, lineage, and charm, which the FT-4X does embody.
As of now, the FT-4X remains as a concept vehicle. Toyota did mention that they imagine this model to be utilizing a four-cylinder engine that can offer off-road capabilities with a four-wheel-drive system and a low-range.
Similar to the C-HR, Prius, Camry and the newer Corolla models, the FT-4X will likely be designed with the Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA). Therefore, if it evolves into a production model, then it will probably be manufactured in Toyota’s $1.3 billion Kentucky factory in the United States.