Toyota releases teaser of FT-AC off-road SUV concept before its official debut

Article by Christian A., on November 17, 2017

At the end of this month, Toyota plans to reveal their new off-road SUV concept they call the FT-AC, which stands for Future Toyota Adventure Concept. So far, the company has not given much information on this model, but then they promised that the concept will have all the ingredients needed for your next adventure. If you would like to learn more about this SUV, better check it out at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The FT-AC’s teaser, as you can see, highlights the car’s headlights and LED lights up front. This gives us a slightly better look at the FT-AC. The concept looks more rugged with wider fenders and chiseled styling. The side mirrors also don’t look conventional, giving the car an interesting appearance overall.

The concept SUV now has groups of six LEDs on both sides of the front bumper, apart from the existing headlights, so lighting it up should not be a problem. The roof has also been illuminated.

Earlier this year at the New York Auto Show, Toyota displayed an offroad-oriented SUV, with the FT-4X Concept. When looking at the vehicle, one would be reminded of the classic FJ40 Land Cruiser’s style. Toyota’s Calty Design Research site’s vision for this model was to create a car small enough to fit in urban traffic, but tough enough for it to work away from paved roads.

To complement the SUV’s exterior, the FT-4X’s interior has been made extra functional. For instance, the door handles double as water bottles, while in the armrest is a foldable sleeping bag. Another cool function is the removable audio system that can be made portable so that passengers can still play music outside the SUV, while they camp out for example.

Both the FT-4X and the FT-AC share several features including their wide fender flares, the headlights, and the similarly shaped hood and the mirrors that look like integrated forward facing cameras. Except the latter has new LED foglight clusters in the front bumper and LED auxiliary lights on the roof.

As for the powertrain, Toyota has not shared plenty of information. However, sources say that the company has considered using a small displacement four-cylinder that will be paired to a four wheel drive. It will probably also have a low-range transfer case for getting out of difficult situations.

Right now, we can only guess what the FT-AC might be and what features it will have. We will definitely get more information about it as we’re approaching its debut on Thursday, November 30, at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Source: Toyota

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