2005 Chicago Auto Show: Toyota FT-SX

Cohesive, integrated look

Editors of Motor Trend
Feb 8, 2005
Photographers: The Manufacturers
Not to be confused with the mighty FTX full-size truck concept from 2004, the midsize FT-SX was developed by Calty, Toyota's California-based design house, to explore a crossover niche between wagons and soft-roaders. The FT-SX also establishes a "T-Face" theme that will likely be applied to future Toyota products. Fender arches and taillamp sculpting give the exterior a cohesive, integrated look that also hints at things to come. The interior designers explored a greater use of wood than common, creating an interesting blend of planar surfaces, stark panels, and materials. The wood/metal juxtaposition continues in the cargo area, as seen on a sliding load tray that automatically deploys when the lower hatch is opened. The resulting living room feel could prove an interesting production theme, as we expect some, if not all, of this vehicle to reach the road.
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