14 Apr Concept FT-4X: This Toyota SUV Has to Go to Market!
Man, we are anxiously anticipating this going from concept to market. The FT-4X Concept Toyota SUV is utility at its best. It truly meshes concept with function. If you are a car camper, this is your dream. It takes the “tiny home” movement to another level! The revolutionary FT-4X was designed by Toyota’s CALTY Design Research to answer the growing urge to escape.
This 4-door 4WD crossover has the prowess to tackle a variety of roads—paved or not. Wide overfenders and beefy tires add to the simplistic rugged exterior. Inside it is literally like a toolbox for all your things. Fold the rear seats flat and secure cargo with topside tracks, slide out the rear cargo floor to reveal more storage, and access the Multi-Hatch rear door that splits to swing open or functions as a one-piece lift gate.
Stunning Concept Features of the FT-4X Concept Toyota SUV
- 4-wheel drive crossover vehicle where function met charm and style–requirements for the Millennials who are fond of the outdoors, but operate almost always indoors.
- Designed from the rear forward! Why? Millennials oftentimes gather around the tailgate so design attention was placed there first.
- Stylists incorporated an X Theme throughout the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) C-Platform. At the center of a vertical X (which bows outward) is a door handle, or, in essence, the widest part of FT-4X (71.7 in.). This places the broadest area near the driver and passenger, creating a natural protective zone. At the rear, the bowed vertical X can be seen at the rear hatch, again placing the door handle at the center and creating a protective space.
- Next was a horizontal X Theme, or flat, placed at the top and bottom of the vertical Xs. At each of the four corners of the bottom X is an 18-inch wheel wearing a custom 225/55R-18 Goodyear® All-Season tire. The FT-4X stands 63.9 inches tall, is 167.3 inches long, and has a wheelbase of 103.9 inches. Its form emanates simple sturdiness front to back, top to bottom. It’s X Theme abound.
- Multi-Hatch, it opens two ways: horizontally in Urban Mode, and vertically in Outdoor Mode. Urban Mode splits the hatch in half and makes for easier curbside gear loading when clearance is limited. Outdoor Mode opens the one-piece hatch upward, creating an impromptu shelter from the elements.
- On the inside of the Multi-Hatch with rear Picture Window are twin boxes – one warm, the other cold. They’re designated for a number of functions, such as the temporary stowage of snacks, or the warming and cooling of gear (i.e. gloves, blankets, ice packs, etc.).
- The cabin is sectioned into threes: Clean Zone, where the front passengers sit, and where rugged floor mats and door sills were inspired by Japanese sunoko slatted wood flooring; Wet Zone, also characterized by all-weather mats (where passengers can stow damp swimsuits/snow clothing or muddy boots) and located just behind the front seats, as well as below the rear second row bench seat; and, Rear Cargo Zone.
- The rear door handles serve as impromptu water bottles. Its armrests have USB outlets and big, rotatable window switches. And, much like the rear’s ceiling-mounted removable flashlight, the dome light can serve as an exterior locator or beacon.
- The dash ahead of the front passenger is a mix of blue and orange designated storage. A larger blue chest “floats” above a carved orange bin. On both sides of the chest are slim air vents capable of rotating down in order to warm, dry, or cool clothing such as gloves and hats. A removable multimedia audio system is part boom box, part in-dash stereo and is engineered with an extra-large handle grip (aka exterior door handles).
Check out the video and Toyota website to really capture the charm and function of this concept. If it goes to production, plan to see these on the road often.