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The more I look into what may be my next vehicle, the more i'm fascinated by how much of a lifestyle product it is. A big departure from everything else we've been used to (Honda Element, Jeep Renegade, Kia Soul, etc.).

Making up part of its lifestyle features is how versatile the rear cargo area is. Although this is a concept there's a level of practicality we have here for real-world application.

Let me know what you think!

When it came time to pen the FT-4X, we discovered that the rear is the new front. It’s where you store your gear, and where you drink your hot cocoa.

With this in mind, we incorporated one of my favorite features: The versatile
Multi-Hatch rear door.

Sarah here is going to show us how this works.

It opens two ways, horizontally in Urban Mode for easier curbside gear loading when clearance is limited, and vertically in Outdoor Mode, creating an impromptu shelter from the elements -- perfect for any tailgate party.

On the inside of the Multi-Hatch are twin boxes: One warm, the other cold, perfect for stowing snacks or warming gloves.

The Rear Cargo Zone’s floor hides a deep weatherproof storage compartment underneath, and can be accessed both by lifting the floor up or by sliding it out, transforming the floor into a tray or seating area.
 

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It's pretty much a jack of all trades at this point with a built in cooler and warmer for storage. I think the black side panels open up too, so there's three ways to access the rear cargo area. If Toyota does follow this formula, the rear could the most versatile one we've ever seen on an SUV/Crossover.

I'm interested to see how the hinges work.
 

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I think I read somewhere that those black panels can be removed and replaced with a glass piece of some sort. Not too sure why you would want to put a piece of glass there but I mean... at least you can?
 

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That's an odd switch and I can't imagine why someone would want the world to stare at their cargo, perfect for thieves who are scouting out their next target. There's a reason why privacy covers exists for SUV/crossover trunks.

I'm still stuck on the tailgate hinges, I only see two at the top and none on the sides.
 

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I think I read somewhere that those black panels can be removed and replaced with a glass piece of some sort. Not too sure why you would want to put a piece of glass there but I mean... at least you can?
Someone using it for food on a long trip could find that to be a good idea since its easier to see what you want before getting it, helping you to maintain temperature. But if you can provide a source to that information it would be great, hard to believe they would do that.
 

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With how quirky the TJ Cruiser was designed to be, I actually wouldn't be surprised if the see through pane was true. But I haven't heard about it until this thread.

That slide out floor, wonder if it's heat resistant too, could use it as a cooktop with portable stove when camping and there's no table around.
 

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It's pretty much a jack of all trades at this point with a built in cooler and warmer for storage. I think the black side panels open up too, so there's three ways to access the rear cargo area. If Toyota does follow this formula, the rear could the most versatile one we've ever seen on an SUV/Crossover.

I'm interested to see how the hinges work.
I think I read somewhere that those black panels can be removed and replaced with a glass piece of some sort. Not too sure why you would want to put a piece of glass there but I mean... at least you can?
That's not the same as what you originally mentioned, completely different. Glass used in the way they mentioned isn't replacing anything cargo area related.
This from the link I mentioned

The window glass is removable and interchangeable, allowing you to personalize the FT-4X even further with multiple opaque color or tinted glass options.
I'm not too sure where you're going wrong here. The glass is located to the rear of the vehicle, which is, perpendicular to the cargo area.
 

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But that's the piece of black paneling we see on the FT-4X concept in the cargo area. Don't see why anyone would want to go with a non-tinted piece when you can get it in black to match your tinted windows.
 

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I'm really not too sure either. I would essentially just want it black or just off for ease of grabbing something from the front most part of the cargo area.
 

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As nice as that removable panel is, I honestly can't see myself using it all that much if at all. Seems like such a hassle to access whatever it is I need in the trunk compared to me just climbing in. Toyota will probably leave that bit out in the production model anyways just because of how annoying it would be to manufacture.
 

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Annoying and I feel like it could also be a safety concern like the rear hatch. Having that large of a glass panel and getting into an accident could really be a structural problem.
 

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For what the production rear cargo will be like, I don't think we have to look any further than the CH-R and FJ. Rarely has Toyota done anything different. And being less of a utilitarian vehicle that the FJ is, CH-R-like might be it.
 

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If Toyota is going to stick with what they know, then we'll see a sideways opening cargo door with a spare tire mounted to it. Fine with me because I'd rather get a spare tire than a fancy trunk door.
 

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If Toyota is going to stick with what they know, then we'll see a sideways opening cargo door with a spare tire mounted to it. Fine with me because I'd rather get a spare tire than a fancy trunk door.
That was nice on the FJ and probably better off only on the FJ, but the TJ is going for mass appeal, a dual setup will go a long way in catering to a lot of people. Plus their design was simple, not much to it. Its that simplicity that makes it possible.
 

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Wouldn't a spare tire on a swing out tailgate appeal to more buyers? It's a more familiar system to those who already own an FJ cruiser and it's a kind of retro feature that'll appeal to millennials.
 

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Wouldn't a spare tire on a swing out tailgate appeal to more buyers? It's a more familiar system to those who already own an FJ cruiser and it's a kind of retro feature that'll appeal to millennials.
Actually it would indeed, much to the same extent it does with the Wrangler and even the FJ, but one thing different that might happen is we get or have the option of a cover.

 

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Not really a huge concern for me, if the FJ aftermarket guys can come out with a variety of spare tire covers, I'm sure they can do the same for the TJ cruiser too.
Something simple that does the job, like this:
 

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Not really a huge concern for me, if the FJ aftermarket guys can come out with a variety of spare tire covers, I'm sure they can do the same for the TJ cruiser too.
Something simple that does the job, like this:
Aftermarket is always an option but its still very common for car makers do it themselves even if that means getting it as an option. But the only thing I can see being an option is a body-colored cover, standard should be hard plastic.
 
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