Toyota Teases FT-4X Concept Off-Roader Before 2017 New York International Auto Show
Aggressive Goodyear Tires Could Presage Rally-Bred Crossover
Toyota will apparently bring an off-roader called the FT-4X to the 2017 New York International Auto Show.
The lone teaser image for the FT-4X reveals a Goodyear tire with an aggressive tread, mounted on a slick 18-inch wheel. A short overhang ahead of the tire (or behind the tire, perhaps) should ensure respectable approach and/or departure angles, and there looks to be plenty of room in the fender opening for some upward wheel travel.
The tires shown in the teaser are sized 225/55R18, with somewhat small sidewalls for a concept that is allegedly off-road–bound. With an outer diameter of about 28 inches, the tires are about 2 inches larger than the meats fit to Toyota Racing’s rally-prepared RAV4 and about 2 inches smaller than what’s on the Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport. That leads us to believe the upcoming FT-4X will be either a compact pickup or a lifted crossover concept.
It’s also possible the company might turn the FT-4X into some kind of heritage redux, like the late and lamented FJ Cruiser. With Ford resurrecting the Bronco and Jeep preparing a new-for-2018 Wrangler, Toyota might be wise to offer some kind of back-to-basics off-roader in the vein of the original 4Runner or Land Cruiser FJ40.
The FT-4X off-road concept will be revealed April 12 in New York City. Toyota, you’ve got our interest!