FUTURE PERFECT: Toyota hints at a more fun future with its funky FT-4X looking production ready.
FUTURE PERFECT: Toyota hints at a more fun future with its funky FT-4X looking production ready.

Is Toyota getting cool again? SUV concept revives icon FJ

BEST way to make Toyota cool again?

Look to the past and recognise that the 1960s-1980s FJ LandCruisers were the high point of awesomeness.  

Toyota FT-4X Concept
Toyota FT-4X Concept

The iconic off-roaders have been reincarnated in this FT-4X Concept seen at the New York auto show, and features wide black fenders, 18-inch wheels with all-season tyres, a multi-hatch tailgate, twin red hooks in the bumpers for anchor points and even a built-in GoPro camera for the driver-side mirror to capture your off-road action.  

Interestingly, the 4.2-metre long concept's name - FT-4X - stands for Future Toyota 4WD Crossover, hinting that a production version may not be too far away.  

Toyota FT-4X Concept
Toyota FT-4X Concept

With Toyota trying to sexy up its car designs somewhat - as seen on the new C-HR small crossover - an offering similar to this rugged FT-4X would surely go down very well indeed.

Toyota said the car would "add fun and value to casual adventures both in and out of the city."

THE ORIGINAL:  Very cool Toyota FJ40 was in production until 1984.
THE ORIGINAL: Very cool Toyota FJ40 was in production until 1984. Peter Evans

Decent approach and departure angles and those knobbly tyres suggest it would be a decent tool on the rough stuff, and adventurers will appreciate twin boxes in the cargo area - one warm, the other cold - to store snacks, warm up gloves or cool ice packs.  

Toyota FT-4X Concept
Toyota FT-4X Concept

Appreciated touches include a North Face sleeping bag fitted between the front seats to serve as an armrest, while there's a removable multimedia system as part of a boom box.  

Toyota hinted that the FT-4X would employ a punchy four-cylinder engine combined with mechanical 4WD and selectable low range.  

Seriously Toyota, here's my money, just start building them.  

Toyota FT-4X Concept
Toyota FT-4X Concept

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