We wrote earlier in the month about a teaser that Toyota released, which we rightfully assumed hinted toward a new off-road focused SUV. After patiently waiting, we were all rewarded with a first look at the Toyota FT-4X at the New York Auto Show, where it is making quite the splash. Take a look below to learn more about the Toyota FT-4X concept and to see all the interesting features that Toyota has cooked up for it!
What engine is in the Toyota FT-4X?
If you were expecting to see some specs or details on the power in the FT-4X to try and get a read on its off-road capabilities, we have some bad news. Since it is only a concept, the FT-4X doesn’t actually have an engine under the hood. However, Toyota heavily hinted toward a small displacement I-4 engine as a possibility in the future.
Coolest features in the Toyota FT-4X Concept
One of the most notable features in the FT-4X concept is its back hatch, which can actually open in two different ways. The hatch can open traditionally, with the bottom swinging upward, but it can also open horizontally. Drivers can rotate the large handle in the back to dictate which way they would like to open the FT-4X. The concept also features a flat roof with tie down hoops at each corner. The roof even has some conveniently placed power supply outlets, which would be useful for camping or tailgating. By far the most interesting feature is the rear-door handles that can double as water bottles — but don’t expect this specific feature to come to a production model.
Will Toyota release the FT-4X concept in North America?
The FT-4X is definitely a concept and not a vehicle ready for production, though it is much closer than the typical concept vehicle, in our opinion. Even its name — Future Toyota Four-Wheel drive Crossover — hints that Toyota is serious about getting this SUV made. We’re expecting a production version in the not-too-distant future, though likely with some of the styling toned down.