The ruggedly futuristic Toyota FT-4X has been revealed in leaked images circulating online, ahead of its official debut at this week’s New York motor show.
Looking like a cross between an FJ Cruiser, a Jeep Wrangler, and several other boxy crossovers, the FT-4X is a fully-functional concept car that is actually smaller than the C-HR, though it rides on the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that underpins the company’s smallest SUV.
According to Kelly Blue Book, the FT-4X measures 4249mm long, 1821mm wide and 1623mm tall, making it 111mm shorter, 26mm wider and 58mm taller than the C-HR, while the 2640mm wheelbase is identical.
Inside, the FT-4X employs a simplistic and retro-inspired cabin design, with minimal buttons and dials, not dissimilar to the Citroen C4 Cactus. Behind the steering wheel is a small digital display, which also includes a smartphone dock for when navigation is required.
The camouflage-inspired interior trim reiterates the adventurous nature of the FT-4X, while the centre armrest doubles up as a sleeping bag – supplied by well-known outdoors brand The North Face.
At the rear, a split ‘Multi Hatch’ tailgate can be opened outwards like a cupboard or upwards like a normal tailgate – switchable via a large circular knob.
There’s no carpet anywhere in the cabin so it can be hosed clean, while the interior itself is separated into Clear (front), Wet (middle) and Cargo (rear), and the second row of seats can be folded out of the way to create more luggage space.
However, details on what actually powers the off-roader aren’t clear – though Toyota said in a release: “one could assume the FT-4X could potentially employ a small displacement four-cylinder engine” matched with a low-range four-wheel drive system.
Stay tuned for an update when the Toyota FT-4X concept is officially revealed at the 2017 New York motor show.
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