2018 Toyota FT-4X is the redesigned FJ Cruiser SUV

At the April 2017 New York International Auto Show, the Toyota revealed the heir to the FJ Cruiser legacy, the 2018 Toyota FT-4X concept. A mishmash of element design merged into a single car, it seems to combine the features of the Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota C-HR, Scion xB and Honda Element.

This has resulted in a boxy, robust looking CUV designed to appeal to urbanites who want to be weekend trailblazers. The FT (Future Toyota) moniker is certainly achieved in this ruggedly charming design.

2018 Toyota FT-4X front

2018 Toyota FT-4X – Unique Elements

Unlike most vehicle designs, the 2018 Toyota FT-4X was designed rear forward, and one of the unique elements to it is the rear tailgate termed the Multi-Hatch. There are two modes provided, selected by the rotatable handle to choose between Urban and Outdoor. The Outdoor mode is an upward-raising one-piece hatch. The Urban mode becomes a split hatch, opening both up and down to provide ease-of-use in tight Urban settings.

Secure anchor points on both the front and rear can be used for both vehicle recovery or tie down large rooftop loads, which is also made easier with the flat roof design. There are also additional tie-down loops at the roof’s corners provide extra securing points.

The rugged exterior design includes spacious approach and departure angles. The beefy over-fenders protect the tires and sculpted rocker panels designed to offer underbody protection. Removable and interchangeable glass makes the Toyota FT-4X customizable.

Interior Design

The interior matches the exterior concept and is referred to by Toyota as a “Multi-Tool Cabin.” Colour coding provides a quick and efficient way to determine the purpose of spacing. Blue indicates closed storage and orange indicates open storage areas. Matched warming and cooling boxes near the Multi-Hatch allow for the storage of gear as well as providing an area to heat or cool gear or items as necessary.

Zones are also established for the vehicle, including a “Clean Zone” at the front, and a “Wet Zone” around the rear seat area. This is particularly handy for the adventuring types caught unawares. A red “Cargo Zone” behind the rear seats offers space for securing cargo and a deep storage.

As a vehicle meant to conquer the trails as well as the city, the headliner lights are a neat addition. The rear cargo light is designed so it can be removed and double as a flashlight if need be. The front headliner light can be removed to double as a beacon or locator light.

One surprise with the concept 2018 Toyota FT-4X is that it doesn’t have a traditional navigation screen as most Millennials rely more on their mobiles now and can download updated maps quicker and easier that way.

Other features for the 2018 Toyota FT-4X include a compact sleeping bag arm rest between the driver’s and passenger’s seat. It also boasts ample front storage, vents that can function to dry, warm, or cool materials. All of this works together to make the 2018 Toyota FT-4X extremely versatile and functional.

2018 Toyota FT-4X interior

Engine Performance

The Toyota is keeping tight-lipped about the engine specs, but Toyota’s official press release from April revealed that the 2018 Toyota FT-4X will likely be equipped with a small displacement four-cylinder engine.

The Toyota has indicated that a mechanical four-wheel drive with selectable low-range will most likely combine with the low-displacement engine. This gives the 2018 Toyota FT-4X versatility and efficiency that well defines the “casual-core” “let’s go places” drivetrain.

Concept dimensions for Toyota include a 103.9” wheelbase on 18” 225/55R-18 Goodyear All-Season tires. Also, a length of 167.3”, a width of 71.7” and a height of 63.9”.

2018 Toyota FT-4X rear

Expected Release Date and Cost

The release date of the 2018 Toyota FT-4X is anticipated to be in the first quarter of 2018. The estimated price will be in the range of $40 000.

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