Image credits: © Toyota.

2017 Toyota FT-4X Concept news, pictures, specifications, and information

FROM DESKTOP TO TRAILHEAD: TOYOTA FT-4X CONCEPT IS A MODERN 4X4 TOOLBOX FOR THE MOST INTREPID URBANITES

◾Calty-Penned Concept Brings 'Casualcore' to Gen Y City-Dwellers
◾Always-Ready Attitude wîth Four-Wheel Drive and TNGA C-Platform
◾'Rugged Charm' Design Inspired by Toyota's Iconic Adventure Vehicles
◾High-Function Tactility Emphasized on Úser Controls and Touch Points

NEW YORK (April 12, 2017) – It's only natural. In the busyness of city-based work life there emerges a growing urge to 'get away'. For millennial-aged professionals confined to city limits, oftentimes these getaways are unplanned, and are of the casual, less extreme kind. (No time for summiting a mountain – a drive to the scenic point will do!)

Enter the completely revolutionary Toyota FT-4X Concept – or, 'Future Toyota'-Four-Wheel Drive Crossover – that today took the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) by storm.

It's a four-wheel drive toolbox penned by Toyota's Calty Design Research Inc. in Newport Beach, California. With its long list of unique functionalities and a Rugged Charm compact design, the FT-4X is the seamless conduit of popular Casualcore – rather than hardcore – outings by anyone, anytime.
'As designers, we're investing deep thought into the emotional connection wîth our cars,' said Calty President, Kevin Hunter. 'The Toyota FT-4X is not simply a concept where style meets function; it is a thoughtful, charming and engaging experience that adds real pleasure and convenience to the journey. We focused on how a crossover vehicle can add fun and value to casual adventures both in and out of the city, thinking about how someone would use it, and what they would love to do wîth it.'

THE EMERGENCE OF CASÚALCORE EXPLORATION
A shift from multiday, extreme, high-effort excursions to brief, unplanned, casual adventures is an overwhelming reality for Generation Y. Millennials are fond of the outdoors, but operate almost always indoors. They enjoy venturing into to new neighborhoods and national parks, but hardly plan ahead. Their countless interactions on social media bring inspiration. It is the busyness of their nonstop daily lives that pushes them past the precipice of 'liking' a digital snapshot into the realm of creating their own, in reality. Their adventures begin curbside, in a parking structure, or in the depths of an underground garage.

Dinner on the beach during a beautiful evening; tailgating wîth friends while listening to music; visiting a favorite trailhead for a run or dog walk; settling next to a campfire for an overnight desert stay – these are the types of quick escapes that an increasing number of young, career-minded urbanites hold dear.
Always ready to go? They are – and so is the Toyota FT-4X.

RÚGGED CHARM PERSONA


Casualcore adventures originate in the city. Knowing this, Calty's designers instituted a Rugged Charm ethos when creating the FT-4X. Rugged Charm places value on simplicity, capability, durability, and Toyota lineage. Furthermore, it takes into account compact, sturdy dimensions, and a charming ubiquitous tactility of grips, handles, and controls (the notion of feeling a satisfying mechanical reaction to a user's input).

'You can really tell that we had a blast designing the FT-4X because it looks fun to use and fun to drive,' described Calty Studio Chief Designer, Ian Cartabiano. 'I love this idea of mechanical satisfaction because while we're living in today's digital world, we took something that's based on physical movements and made that a large part of what this vehicle is. We want everyone to interact wîth this car and feel a sense of delight and excitement.'

Designers approached their work uncharacteristically. Rather than begin their styling processes at the nose or profile, they began at the rear. Why? In their months' long research, they noticed that basecamp for Gen Y explorers was oftentimes the destination itself. Cherished experiences were had in and around this basecamp, usually at their vehicle's tailgate or hatch.

Small, yet strong outdoor activity gear inspired the FT-4X's expressive looks. For its exterior, stylists imbued an X Theme throughout the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) C-Platform. Imagine this: 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.

Now, imagine another X, but this time horizontal, 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.

The rear hatch is a modern engineering marvel. Called Multi-Hatch, it opens two ways: horizontally in Úrban Mode, and vertically in Outdoor Mode. Úrban 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. The door's design also incorporates a satisfying mechanical touch: a rotatable handle that users turn to select its opening mode. The deeply set handle is capable of being gripped by a gloved hand, say, when loading or unloading while snowboarding, or when out-and-about on a wintry day.

Twin red hooks sit below the Multi-Hatch within the rear bumper. These high-visibility reflective pieces are secure anchor points for vehicle recovery and the tying down of loads, if desired. Big item hauling is simplified wîth a reinforced flat roof, plus, a tie down hoop placed at each of the roof's corners. Extra utility is provided by power supply outlets set at the base of the tie down hoops. Úsers can power a variety of campsite electronics and lighting or roof rack accessories thanks to the convenient outlets.

Generous approach and departure angles add to the FT-4X's prowess on a variety of paved and unpaved paths. Wide black-painted over-fenders lend a tough look to the exterior and engulf the beefy Goodyear® rubber. A vertical Picture Window set above the driver's side rear fender pays homage to the classic version brandished by Toyota's iconic Pickup Xtracab truck and first-generation 4Runner sport-utility vehicle. The window glass is removable and interchangeable, allowing for owners to personalize their FT-4X even further wîth multiple opaque color or tinted glass options. The rear door handle is discretely placed fore of the vertical window and high above the beltline, much like it is on the current Toyota C-HR.

Sculpted rocker panels at the lower portion of the doors enhance underbody protection and durability when venturing off the beaten path. And whenever the FT-4X does find some heroic scenery, a GoPro® HERO5 Session™ camera built into the driver's side rearview mirror can capture it all.

Of course, the X Theme finds its way up front too. At the center of the nose's vertical X is a classic, extra-large embossed TOYOTA logo that's flanked by bright LED headlamps. Like the rear, reflective tie down hooks set in the lower bumper add to the crossover's looks and deftness. Another nod to classic FJ Land Cruisers and Pickup models of yesteryears: the recognizable horizontal orientation of the FT-4X's grille, headlights, and bumper.

THE MÚLTI-TOOL CABIN


Proceeding from work to play, indoors to outdoors, without advanced preparation can be a recipe for forgetting some essential equipment. No worries (as Gen Y-ers might say)! The FT-4X is a rolling gear box. Not only is the interior's concept that of a large open space having plenty of easily accessible storage for basic equipment, but it is basic equipment itself. Passengers can easily identify the space's purpose based on coloring, as blue classifies closed storage, while orange indicates open storage.
On the inside of the Multi-Hatch wîth 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 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. Folding the second row bench seat down extends the floor's capacity considerably. Red tie down hooks line the sides of the rear's cargo hold, too, for added load securing. Above, in the headliner, resides removable inside lighting that doubles as a flashlight.
Diving deeper into the cabin reveals more nifty elements. The rear door handles serve as impromptu water bottles. Its armrests have ÚSB 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.

An ultra-compact The North Face® sleeping bag fits neatly between front passenger seats, and functions as an armrest that is strapped atop an extra-large dividing console. The console can fold upward, revealing additional storage capacity for medium-sized gear. Its breathable, high-grip, hybrid mesh surface allows for wet items to dry quickly, and its bungee cord lattices keep small items in place. Front passenger doors receive identical large window switches and removable water bottle door grips as the rear, but gain blue storage boxes camouflaged as armrests.

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 wîth an extra-large handle grip (ala exterior door handles).

Although there is no traditional navigation screen, designers did include a mobile phone mount directly above the driver's digitized cylindrical instrument cluster. The concept being that a downloadable navigation application, as well as an application showing digitized off-road instrumentation, can be made available for drivers' use. Gen Y-ers, Calty's designers realized, rely heavily on their mobile devices for GPS directions.

A 'LET'S GO PLACES' DRIVETRAIN

Albeit a concept, one could assume the FT-4X could potentially employ a small displacement four-cylinder engine. Being equipped wîth mechanical four-wheel drive and selectable low-range further accentuates the FT-4X's always-ready character, while the punchy, low-displacement engine maintains exceptional usability and efficiency while traversing congested city streets or open dusty trails. A sophisticated MacPherson strut front, double-wishbone rear suspension absorbs rocks and potholes.

LIVE IN THE CITY, THRIVE IN THE WILD

Vital Stats

The Toyota FT-4X Concept fully embodies 'Rugged Waku-Doki' (translation: a palpable heart-pounding sense of excitement) through its numerous clever design ingredients. It charms its tech-savvy, screen-scrolling users wîth a distinct tactile charisma sensed at every button push, handle twist, and dirt road trekked. Yes, wîth the FT-4X, never has the divide between desktop and trailhead been as infinitesimal as now.

Source - Toyota
 
Recent Vehicle Additions

2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label

1923 Rickenbacker Model B

1940 Ford Lloyd Rockey Special

2017 Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

1925 Ford Eliminator Special

1936 Brough Superior
Dodge Resurrects The Demon: Teaser Video No. 8 – 'Race-Hardened Parts'
◾'Race-hardened Parts,' the eighth video in the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon pre-reveal teaser campaign, launches today ◾Fans should visit www.ifyouknowyouknow.com for weekly updates, to download sharable content and for a countdown to the reveal ◾Dodge's new ultimate performance halo to be unveiled Tuesday, April 11, during 2017 New York International Auto Show week ◾Fans can also uncage their excitement for the reveal of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon by posting shares, comments or ...[Read more...]
DODGE RESURRECTS THE DEMON: TEASER VIDEO NO. 2 – 'REDUCTION'
◾'Reduction,' the second video in Dodge Demon pre-reveal teaser campaign, launches today ◾Dodge's new ultimate performance halo – the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – to be unveiled during 2017 New York International Auto Show week ◾Fans can check out www.ifyouknowyouknow.com website for weekly updates, to download sharable content and for a countdown to its reveal ◾Use hashtag #DodgeDemon to be a part of the next chapter in the Dodge performance story January 19, 2017 , Auburn Hills, ...[Read more...]
DODGE RESURRECTS THE DEMON
Challenger SRT Demon Begins Next Chapter of the High-performance Muscle Car ◾Dodge's new ultimate performance halo – the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – to be unveiled during New York International Auto Show week ◾Dodge to debut 'Cage,' the first in a series of pre-reveal teaser videos giving fans and followers insight into Demon's engineering prowess ◾Fans can check out www.ifyouknowyouknow.com website for weekly updates, to download sharable content and for a countdown to the New ...[Read more...]
ALL NEW McLAREN 570S COUPE UNVEILED AHEAD OF GLOBAL DEBUT IN NEW YORK
 ◾McLaren reveals first model in its Sports Series, the 570S Coupé ◾Brings McLaren exclusivity as well as pioneering, race-driven technologies to a new segment ◾Sports Series joins the Super Series and Ultimate Series to complete the three tier McLaren range being shown together for the first time in New York ◾A classic sports car with mid-engine rear-wheel drive layout and carbon fibre structure ◾'Shrinkwrapped' design includes elegant flying buttresses to optimise aerodynamics and increase ...[Read more...]
DODGE UNLEASHES MOST POWERFUL MUSCLE CAR EVER
All-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with 707 horsepower HEMI® Hellcat engine delivers unrivaled performance, race-inspired interior and new technologies geared toward the driving enthusiast ◾New 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat features the all-new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® – the most powerful V-8 engine Chrysler Group LLC has ever produced ◾New Challenger SRT's standard 392 HEMI V-8 delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of peak torque ◾Segment-first TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic...[Read more...]

2000 GT
4Runner
800
Avalon
Camry
Celica
Coaster
Corolla
Corona
FJ Cruiser
GT-One
GT86
Highlander
Land Cruiser
Land Cruiser 20 Series
Land Cruiser 40 Series
Land Cruiser 70
Matrix
MR2
Prius
RAV4
Sequoia
Sienna
Starlet
Supra
Tacoma
Tundra
Venza
Yaris

© 1998-2017. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.