Toyota Debuts "Funster" FT-4X Concept SUV at New York Auto Show
To entice urban millennials in search of adventure, Toyota showed off a FT-4X SUV Concept 4-wheel drive crossover at the New York Auto Show. The “Casualcore” vehicle with rugged charm resembles an orange toolbox, with off-road cred and gear set up for sports, camping and mini-vacations from Toyota’s Calty Design studio in Newport Beach, CA.
The FT-4X Concept features wide, black over-fenders. A vertical picture window set above the driver’s side rear fender reminds of classic Toyota utilities. Window glass can be removed or ordered opaque or tinted. Rocker panels are sculpted for underbody protection. A GoPro camera is built into the driver’s side rearview mirror for recording adventures. Toyota badging is incorporated in the horizontal grille, headlights and bumper.
Built on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) C-platform, the rear end features a rotating door handle at the center. The FT-4X rides on 18-in. wheels and stands 63.9 in. tall. It is 167.3 inches long and has a 103.9-in. wheelbase. Toyota says it will be powered by a 4-cylinder engine and will feature MacPherson strut front and double-wishbone rear suspension to absorb rocks and potholes
Door handles, grips, controls, tie-down hooks, prefigured storage areas, and extra ports and outlets are user friendly. The rear multi-hatch opens two ways—horizontally and vertically for easier loading. Additionally, the FT-4X’s roof is flat so large objects can be hauled and tied down to loops at each end of the roof’s corners.
FT-4X has a spacious interior with designated cargo areas including orange and blue warm and cold storage boxes for snacks, ice packs and blankets. Three zones in the cabin include a Clean Zone with rugged mats; a Wet Zone for damp swim or snow wear and boots and the Rear Cargo Zone that folds flat and includes tracks for securing baggage. Even the headliner comes apart so inside lights can be removed to serve as a flashlight. No navigation screen, but there is space for a mobile phone mount above the digitized instrument cluster. It’s a gizmo delight.