• Could the Upcoming Toyota FT-4X Concept Be The Next Toyota Mini Truck Off-Roader?


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    Toyota FT-4X Concept

    The upcoming Toyota FT-4X Concept that the company recently teased is shrouded in mystery. This concept will be make its world debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show on Apr 12th, 2017. Toyota only says “Four Wheeling. Scene Stealing” in relation to the teaser image above.  All we know is that the concept will be a four-wheel-drive vehicle, have a cool orange color, and ride on relatively low profile 225/55R18 tires and cool 18-inch rims.

    There is a lot of speculation swirling around this concept, and here is another one. Could the FT-4X concept be a modern interpretation on the Toyota FJ45 pickup truck from the 1960s and 1970s? Toyota experimented with the retro-styled production vehicle with the FJ Cruiser, which is now out of production and a highly sought after used 4×4. Why not a mini 4×4 pickup truck version?

    Of course, the FT-4X could also be next FJ Cruiser SUV or a smaller compact crossover. Also, the FT-4X may never be built. Still, it would be very cool if Toyota produced a modern version of the FJ45 pickup.

    There is a lot of action coming up in this space. Jeep will soon debut the next generation JL Wrangler and later the JT pickup truck. Ford is working on the next Ranger and Bronco. Chevrolet is rumored to be working on the next Trailblazer.

    What do you guys think?

    While we wait for the FT-4X concept, here is a 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro on the difficult Cliffhanger 2.0 trail.


    Andre Smirnov
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    26 thoughts on “Could the Upcoming Toyota FT-4X Concept Be The Next Toyota Mini Truck Off-Roader?

    1. Should have gone 17″ with more meat on the tires and sidewall. Still will be a great off-roader if produced, but why oh why leave your rim exposed. I bet those bolt on side caps are meant to replace the scratched up pieces.

      1. Concepts usually have larger diameter rims, than production versions of the car. Hopefully, this off-roader will be built and have proper off-road tires with more sidewall.

        Andre.

      2. Most of the flash you see on concept cars never make it to production, especially rims.

    2. Whatever it is will be small- the Rav4 wears LARGER 235/55R18s. Since a show vehicle definitely won’t show up with tires smaller than a current equivalent, This would be most closely conceived to slot against the Renegade, and would almost certainly build on a small-car platform.

    3. Based on tire size, this concept will not be similar in size to an FJ.
      You spoke of a cool orange color, but in the picture it looks like a Metallic grey with cool orange colored trim.
      Could be built on a Diahatsu frame as a small, but serious 4×4

    4. Mike Swears from Toyota stated they made the bumper on the Tacoma longer due to expected mandates that were not out yet. Based around pickups I think. This photo shows the tire up close to the front of the tire typical with an SUV which gives you a great approach angle. I doubt this will be a small truck. They would just bring the Hilux over from Mexico.

    5. Is it possible that this is the 5th generation rav4 base on the size of the tire? Honda CRV and Mazda CX5 already have their redesigned models. So why not the Rav4?

      1. Now that is an interesting thought. The current Rav4 IS 5 years old. Although it still seems newer than that to me; the last gen only went 7 years, it’s reasonable that the timing is right to introduce a concept that will become the next gen RAV4.

    6. I’m betting something similar to the FJ Cruiser, which developed a pretty big following. With the Tacoma there wouldn’t be much need for another pickup. I don’t think they would describe a new RAV4 as “Four wheeling, scene stealing” Whatever the case may be, I’m looking forward to the reveal!

    7. The Tundra is too big for what I need and the Tacoma doesn’t feel comfortable with my tall frame. If only the 4runner had a truck bed Toyota would have my money, so I’m hopeful that this new concept is more fits me! What is this I hear about a new Chevy blazer/trailblazer Andre??

    8. If it’s “four wheel and scene stealing” then it’s probably aimed at the young hip crowd, which won’t go off road. So probably a small CUV.

      1. Judging by the 225/55R18 tires I would agree. it probably is a Jeep renegade competitor or something.

    9. Make a larger FJ that replaces the Sequoia but have very sporty aggressive off road SUV design like FJ on steroids. If people want LARGE luxury SUV buy the Toyota Land Cruiser.

    10. Yee-haw the Tercel 4WD lives again. I find myself seriously attracted to this vehicle ever since I first saw it on your website.
      It may well be that it reminds me of the Tercel 4WD wagon that all my kids learned to drive in.
      I let the kids drive the Tercel off road for a good 6 months before I let them drive on the road. I highly recommend this method as it teaches them where the corners of the car really are and they are moving at a slower speed so little owies are not nearly as bad as if the same thing on road. My youngest daughter was driving down a dirt road in the San Rafael Swell in eastern Utah and when she went to shift from 2nd Gear to 3rd she looked down at the shifter and we found ourselves plowing through the sagebrush. After we had a good laugh together, she said “I guess that demonstrates why you need to concentrate on where you are going at all times”. “I’m glad we weren’t in town or we could have been really hurt”. Lesson learned, nothing more said.
      If the FT4X is half as good as the Tercel, I want one. I sold mine for $3,000 with 325,000 miles on it and my neighbors Grandson is still driving it after a triple hand-me-down. I have no Idea how many miles are on it, but I still see him driving it, and he says the tape player still works. What more could you ask of a car?
      I have driven it in situations far worse than the Gold mine hill you show us. It has been driven up Elephant hill in Moab. (that was a stupid thing to do, but at the time I let my ego get in front of my brain)

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