The FT-4X is Toyota’s conceptual product plan to compete for the outdoor adventure loving milennials’ hard earned cash. With efficient commutability, off road capability, and an integrated gear shed – Toyota hopes to gain buy-in from young professional outdoorsy folks.
The rear hatch, called Multi-Hatch, opens two ways: horizontally in Urban Mode, and vertically in Outdoor Mode. Urban Mode splits the hatch in half and makes for easy loading of larger items.
Outdoor Mode opens the one-piece hatch upward, as you would expect from any compact SUV or crossovers.
The door’s design also incorporates a rotatable handle that users turn to select its opening mode.
All Hooked Up
The high-visibility reflective front and rear twin tow hooks are secure anchor points for vehicle recovery tying down loads (or roof mounted kayaks).
Big item hauling is made easy with a reinforced flat roof. Each of the four tie down hoops placed at the roof’s corners include a power outlets set at the base. Users can power a variety of campsite accessories or illuminate the inside of their rooftop tent.
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 external tray similar to that found in the current 4Runner. Folding the second row bench seat down extends the floor’s capacity from the Multi-Hatch to the back of the front seats. Red tie down hooks line the sides of the rear’s cargo hold, too, for added load securing.
Over the River and Through the Woods
In order for the FT-4X to hold its own in the backcountry, Toyota will have to keep its promise to create a “mechanical four-wheel drive and selectable low-range” that will allow the vehicle to traverse terrain inaccessible by other vehicles of its size. This, along with the more than 9 inches of ground clearance, skid plates, rocker protection and impressive approach and departure angles will make it a truly versatile adventure mobile.
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