Yeah, that front is pretty obvious under the disguise. When the current RAV4 grill pictures came out , I did not like it at all. Now that I have seen them in real life, I really like the clean design. If you want to talk hideous, those ugly junks of plastic chrome on the Honda are truly hideous. So glad Toyota is not following that trend and staying clean!I can kind of see the wheel well similarities, but what cements the FT-AC look in my mind is the shape of that grille. It may be under camouflage, but I can still make out that gaping maw outline under it.
Exciting times for me because the current Rav4 is hideous and I could never pull the trigger on it even though the size is appealing.
Exactly. They are way overdue for something below the RAV4 sizewise. The TJ is so close to production ready....just some tweaks to the interior. I believe the actual vehicle is already waiting in the wings... a slightly tweaked TJ.Well with the FT-AC, it was simply a concept to test their redesign of the new Rav4, but do we have any idea what the TJ Cruiser would be replacing? Although is possible that this new concept could be the reinvention of the discontinued FJ, i think its more than likely to be a brand new crossover out of Toyota. Theres a huge amount of competition in that segment, so lets hope Toyota keeps some of the concepts very unique features to help it stand out.
The "grey van" fits neatly in the Honda HR-V/ Renegade/ CX-3 etc. class which is not met by Toyota now. The perfect companion to the CH-R which has little utility. All these crossovers are not meant to do major off roading.I haven't quite figured out how the the "grey van" TJ Cruiser figures into Toyota's lineup. Toyota has a big hole for a CUV to fill and I think the FT-4X is it, as just last week Toyota US Sales Chief Jack Hollis spoke positively about it:
"'The FT-4X was outstanding in New York. The feedback was way above our expectations. It makes you start to think like we did with FJ Cruiser. It was so popular we had to make the car. FT-4X is in that similar boat where it's like, “Wow, it's so good. Maybe that concept is the hit itself.” Then we came up with FT-AC and people said, “Wow, that may even be stronger than FT4X.” "
All will become clear on Feb 8. I'm hoping the FT-4X gets the production green light.
Makes sense. Saves them from having to make an entirely different vehicle for off road.Overall I think we should see them take on the effect that Tacoma and 4Runners do with TRD Pro versions set for off-road and all other trims below for regular duty and maybe some lighter off-roading.
Agree. I think the concept FT-AC is the RAV4 Adventure trim.The need for a TRD variant will be entirely dependant on what specs/performance are found in the stock level trims. Seeing as how they are already going to offer an "Adventure" trim, there may be no need for something further. And of course for those who want to take things a step further, there's always aftermarket.
Yup and theres the fact that they almost follow the same recipe. It was probably cheaper to test this idea on the Tacoma and 4Runner seeing how successful they already were, helping to pave the way for models like the TJ. Other brands have done the same thing. The outgoing RAM Rebel is no more than upfitting it with parts, but the new Rebel is said to have some real ground up engineering doneMakes sense. Saves them from having to make an entirely different vehicle for off road.
Keep in mind this is Car scoop's rendition of what it will look like. This is not from Toyota. But it good to see it in another color.Interestingly enough it seems that the dual color scheme on the new Rav4 seems to have disappeared in early renderings. Not sure if that'll hold true in the final product. I like it when vehicles are released in two tone set ups, as it provides a huge amount of customization.