What is the Toyota FT-4X Concept?

Earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show, Toyota debuted an exciting new model: the Toyota FT-4X Concept, or Future Toyota Four-Wheel Drive Crossover. Designed at Toyota’s Calty Design Research center in California, the FT-4X Concept is a four-wheel drive toolbox with a long list of functions. 

Toolbox Cabin of Toyota FT-4X

The Toyota FT-4X is essentially a rolling gearbox. The interior of the concept features a large open space with plenty of easily accessible storage for basic equipment. Passengers can easily identify the space’s purpose based on coloring, as blue classifies closed storage, while orange indicates open storage. The Rear Cargo Zone’s floor lays completely flat and features topside tracks for securing cargo. A deep storage compartment is hidden underneath, and can be accessed by sliding the floor out toward the Multi-Hatch, transforming the floor into a tray.

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The cabin also has a removable multimedia audio system that is part boom box, part in-dash stereo and is engineered with an extra-large handle. Instead of a traditional navigation screen, Toyota’s designers included a mobile phone mount directly above the driver’s digitized cylindrical instrument cluster. A downloadable navigation application, as well as an application showing digitized off-road instrumentation, can be made available for drivers via their mobile phones.

Off-Road Performance of Toyota FT-4X

The Toyota FT-4X is designed to house a small displacement four-cylinder engine, and with Toyota’s advanced four-wheel drive and selectable low-range technology, it has the capability to traverse challenging terrains. Also, a sophisticated MacPherson strut front, double-wishbone rear suspension helps absorb rocks and potholes.

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