At the 2017 New York Auto Show, Toyota revealed their new concept vehicle the 2018 Toyota FT-4X. If you are asking what the name suggests; the FT is for the “Future Toyota” and 4X references to their four-wheel drive capability. But, there are also two more issues which are imposing naturally. Is this model the successor of the rock moving FJ Cruiser? The second is, of course, may this model get the production version? The first question is easier. Toyota currently has a few hardcore off-road vehicles like the Tacoma and 4Runner and one more would be also much. But, the FT-4X is something that is more designed for metropolitan millennials who need something more ready than the CH-R or RAV4. On the other hand, Toyota may see the reaction but this vehicle doesn’t seem far from the production version.
2018 TOYOTA FT-4X: DESIGN
Toyota’s Calty Design Research service in Newport Beach is responsible for developing this futuristic vehicle. The concept model is built on the TNGA architecture that is also the basis of the new CH-R. Two models also reveal similar dimensions. The wheelbase of the FT-4X is 103.9 inches similar to the CH-R. The model is, on the other hand, 167.3 inches long, 71.4 inches large and 63.9 inches tall.
Style clever, the FT-4X is quite tough and intriguing. Toyota calls it “tough charm” and model has a horizontal concentrated entrance end, flared fenders and level top and hatch. The color combination is also exciting but the model has more exciting features.
The hatch features two-way design. Toyota calls it a Multi-Hatch as there are two ways to open it. The ratable handle allows it to be exposed like on the traditional cars or like the pair of barn doors. The model also includes the vertical glass integrated into the C-pillar which may be removed. You will also find a pair of tie-hoops in-front and rear bumpers and model also has driver’s reflection prepared with the GoPro camera.
The interior is also exciting and similarly tough and versatile. The model involves two storage containers in the rear, one heated and one cooled. The rear chairs fold level to open level freight area. The model also includes a sleeping bag stowed between the front seats.
Still another exciting moment is that this vehicle doesn’t use infotainment system with the Apple Car play and Android Auto features. As an alternative, a phone install rests above the digital tool panel. The point is that many millennials count on the GPS from their devices and Toyota used that cleverly.
2018 TOYOTA FT-4X: POWERTRAIN
When it comes to the powertrain, since the 2018 Toyota FT-4X is the concept vehicle, it doesn’t have any engine under the hood. But, Toyota stated that possible creation version could employ a small four-cylinder displacement. The solution may be CH-R’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder product with 144 hp. A continuously variable transmission would also be the part of the combo. But, the all-wheel drive with the traditional physical setup also needs to be in the play mixed with the low range modes for the extra off-road capability.
The suspension system might utilize MacPherson struts for the front setup and a double-wishbone at the rear.
2018 TOYOTA FT-4X: PRODUCTION VERSION?
With suggested engine option and driveline for the production version Toyota hinted that from the public effect depends would the 2018 Toyota FT-4X concept get the green gentle in the future. If the outcome would be good, we must assume it in two or three years. The price could be in the range between $25-35k.