Toyota recently unveiled the FT-4X concept at the New York Auto Show and now it appears the company is considering a production model.While the automaker originally suggested the crossover was simply a concept, the FT-4X’s chief designer has revealed the model is 75% percent production ready.
As Ian Cartabiano explained to, “We can make this thing” but he cautioned Toyota will “wait and see what the reaction is” first.If the crossover is green lighted, it could come with the concept’s trick tailgate which can be opened either vertically or side-to-side.
Despite this, Cartabiano says the two crossovers have different characters and noted the FT-4X has a larger interior with more usable space.Another key difference is the FT-4X’s four-wheel drive system which would make it more capable off-road.
However, some issues would need to be ironed out and the design team might have to really push for it.Another potential challenge lies in the C-HR as both models are based on the TNGA platform and are relatively similar as a result.
This could allow Toyota to position the model as a competitor to the Jeep Compass although Cartabiano freely admits the concept “is not a Moab rock crawling car” and doesn’t need to be as the company offers an assortment of hardcore off-road vehicles such as the 4Runner and Tacoma TRD Pro
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Toyota has said the FT-4X Concept is 75-percent production ready.
The Toyota FT-4X Concept recently made its debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show, and while many were hoping it would be a proper FJ Cruiser successor, it turns out the FT-4X Concept isn’t geared towards off-road enthusiasts.
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That’s when the design team decided to change its focus from “hardcore to casual core” – much to the disappointment of FJ Cruiser enthusiasts.
Arguments about the concept aside, chief designer Ian Cartabiano confirmed to CarAdvice that Toyota’s Calty studio always aims for their concepts to be at the 75-percent stage, adding that if Toyota can produce the C-HR, it can produce the FT-4X.
The Toyota FT-4X Concept Is 75 Percent Production Ready
“We have a good record with concept cars.
We don’t make these fluffy concept cars that have no purpose to go anywhere.
If the reaction is good, you never know what’s going to happen.
The rear dual-action hatch, which can be lifted upwards or opened barn door style, is likely to remain.
We got it to work mechanically on this concept.
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