This article brings out some interesting clues on what Toyota has in mind.
This paragraph in particular has me hopeful for what I was looking for......
"Toyota has introduced a number of crossover concepts in the past year and Hollis said the FT-AC, FT-4X, and TJ Cruiser concepts were all created to "test the waters in the market and get feedback from consumers." He didn't say which direction the company is leaning but confirmed the upcoming crossover will be offered with all-wheel drive and have a base price that could start at under $20,000."
This would rule out any FJ type model. Maybe I will get my TJ. :grin:
I've heard that Toyota is looking at new entries for the SUV market, so something new that we haven't seen before, or in a while. Meaning we could see a production model of the FT-AC or FT-4X because of how unique they both are.
The Rav 4 is still going to be there, that thing has been selling well for so long, Toyota won't end it anytime soon. But there's room in their lineup for something more compact, which is where the concepts could come in.
The current trend are for SUVs and Crossovers, so something like the RX taking first place isn't too out there. Now there's a drive towards cars in that segment with more functions and capabilities, like handling a bit of off-road driving or in the case of the TJ, offering new seats and more storage.
Found what could be another valuable clue from Toyota. Jalopnik says the Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner will all be offered with Voodoo Blue! Last time we saw that was on the FJ-Cruiser and I'm hoping this is Toyota's way of letting us know a replacement is on the way. The 4Runner even gets a roof rack similar to what was on the old FJ and someone on the site rendered what a blue 4Runner could look like.
But the Tacoma is a pickup...Don't think it'll take much inspiration from the TJ is at all. On the other hand, I can see some features from the 4Runner make its way onto smaller utility vehicles, more so now that it has been rendered in blue. Would look even more like the FJ if it had a white roof to match.
Could actually be an alternative if the new TJ Cruiser doesn't pan out.