Prior to the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota had promised to unveil an off-road sports utility vehicle concept that has all the ingredients needed to conquer an adventure, and people set their expectations. The Japanese carmaker was referring to its Future Toyota Adventure Concept, or FT-AC. But when the LA Auto Show came, Toyota unveiled more than what people – especially young ones -- expected.
According to Toyota, the FT-AC is a catalyst that invites and allows people to break their daily routines and embrace the unexpected. To achieve this, Toyota designed the new FT-AC to be versatile enough for those living an active lifestyle as well as for those who are active in their social medial life.
The new FT-AC is wrapped in Prospect Green finish with Fortress Gray accents, emphasizing its go-anywhere attitude. This character is further highlighted by its wide, black front grille flanked with bright LED headlights. Its fog lights are removable from their pods, allowing owners to use them as portable lights or even as lighting units on a mountain bike. The new FT-AC is also given a dynamic look and confident stance, as made possible by its long wheelbase, wide track, generous ground clearance, extra wide fender flares and 20-inch wheels shod in beefier all-terrain tires. It also features skid plates that help protect the short front and rear overhangs.
The off-road capability of the new FT-AC is also thanks to features like twin hooks for vehicle recovery, a safari-style cargo roof rack system and an innovative integrated bike rack that could be retracted and securely hidden in only a few seconds.
Astoundingly, the side mirrors of the FT-AC are fitted with infrared cameras that could record any adventure on and off the trail. The captured footed are automatically uploaded to a cloud-based storage thanks to an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot. Using their mobile device, users could edit and post their images or videos to their online social accounts. Furthermore, users could livestream their adventures. This means that active individuals could still be socially active even when on a trip, going far beyond just being connected. More impressive is the fact that the infrared cameras on the side mirrors can be removed and brought away from the FT-AC.
For better looking footages even at a time when daylight is nearly scarce, FT-AC provides the solution. Its front corners have LED marker lights that – aside from illuminating the trail ahead or providing ambient lighting around the SUV – could also serve as a flash for the infrared cameras. In addition, the roof rack has rear-facing LED lights for added brightness.
While imagined as a gasoline engine-powered off-road specialist, the FT-AC could also be powered by a next-generation hybrid powertrain. Its capabilities are further boosted by an advanced torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system with variable terrain-response settings and four-wheel lock functionality.