Toyota Unleashes Off-Road FT-AC Concept SUV at L.A. Auto Show
Toyota continues to go after the millennial market by unveiling its third muscular FT-AC Concept SUV at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The name represents “Future Toyota Adventure Concept.” The Prospect Green and Fortress Gray accented utility was unveiled in Los Angeles because Californians are prime candidates for escape to the beaches, mountains and desert. Toyota displayed two other rugged concepts earlier this year—the FT-4X SUV crossover was one on display at the New York Auto Show in April and in October, Toyota presented the TJ Cruiser concept at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Rough and ready, the FT-AC Concept SUV is an off-road design study that plays to active lifestyles and outdoor adventure and off-roading with a wide black front grille, flanked by bright LED headlights. It sits on a taller platform and is outfitted with fog lamps that can be removed and used as portable lights and tow hooks. A wider stance and longer wheelbase also help create a studier platform with skid plates and wide fender flares to help protect the body on the beach, at campgrounds, and on muddy roads.
The FT-AC also rides on 20-in. wheels with all-terrain tires. On top, there’s a safari-style cargo rack for all sorts of gear and equipment and there are LED marker lights at all four roof corners. Since it’s for sports-active enthusiasts, Toyota has built in a retracting bike rack. Also, cool infrared cameras are set in side mirrors to record off-road trail travels. The cameras can even be removed and used to record excursions from different perspectives. Wi-Fi connectivity allows adventurers to livestream their travels to friends and family.
Even though this is a design study, it is likely that elements will be incorporated in the next RAV4, according to news reports. Toyota officials envision such an SUV will be built with an advanced torque vectoring all-wheel-Drive (AWD) system for maximum traction. Additionally, a hybrid variant could be in its future providing fuel economy and all-wheel drive capability and responsiveness.