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Here's a video of the Toyota FT-4X/TJ Cruiser showcasing the interior and the removable/portable bits and pieces like the dome light, sleeping bag armrest, hidden cargo room, etc.

I know for one, I would have way too much fun showing this off to my friends by pulling everything off and putting them back haha :cool:

 

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The FT-4X/TJ Cruiser steering wheel is just odd and not very intuitive. I assume if the concept ever goes into production, the interior will look more like the rest of Toyota's lineup especially the center console. I'd much prefer to have my drive mode select buttons and other things in the center console than the wheel.
 

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I actually kind of like the whole driving mode selector on the steering wheel. Other manufacturers have done it, albeit on a much higher end of the spectrum, but it is something new and interesting to have going on.

The interior is extremely concept esque though and I can anticipate even the whole gauge cluster are will be very different on the production model.
 

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The outgoing Rav4's center console seems simple enough and organized, a layout I wouldn't mind seeing in the TJ Cruiser. There's plenty of space for additional buttons that the TJ would need thanks to the large amount of functions it has.
 

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I actually kind of like the whole driving mode selector on the steering wheel. Other manufacturers have done it, albeit on a much higher end of the spectrum, but it is something new and interesting to have going on.

The interior is extremely concept esque though and I can anticipate even the whole gauge cluster are will be very different on the production model.
I will actually be surprised if they can deliver on a shifter like that. Don't have confirmation of what transmission will make it and what versions of those transmissions. If we get something new, there's some possibility of it happening. Just don't depend on it. Most owners won't care.
 

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Not sure about what potential manual gearbox the TJ Cruiser could get, but maybe it can share the 4Runner's five-speed automatic transmission?
 

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As long as it mean we get hill start and hill descent assist control then I would be in favor of it, if the TJ is to be any true successor, features like that should be in one of the median trims for starters.
 

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As long as it mean we get hill start and hill descent assist control then I would be in favor of it, if the TJ is to be any true successor, features like that should be in one of the median trims for starters.

More than likely will have some traction control abilities, but we have to remember that this is a much smaller vehicle than the 4Runner and much lighter as well.

I'm still trying to figure out what the TJ is supposed to be the true successor to, I don't think it's a successor to anything as it's the only thing like it in it's class with it's present set up. To me a successor needs to be of the same class as the one it's succeeding and be as good or better. As a crossover what is the TJ supposed to be the successor of?
 

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Isn't it a successor of the FJ Cruiser? Just smaller and not as off-road capable, because it really doesn't resemble any other model from Toyota's lineup. At the very least it's the successor in name only.
 

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Isn't it a successor of the FJ Cruiser? Just smaller and not as off-road capable, because it really doesn't resemble any other model from Toyota's lineup. At the very least it's the successor in name only.

I see what you did there, well played Sir.

Most would not even consider the FJ Cruiser to be the successor to the original FJ 40, myself included. It shares way more styling queues and off road prowess with the original than the TJ does with the FJ Cruiser. That being said, the original FJ 40 Land Cruiser and the FJ Cruiser are both FJ's and from the same class. The TJ Cruiser and the FJ Cruiser are both Cruisers but only one of them is an FJ. No matter how hard we all try to hope and pray the TJ will be the next FJ it will not be.



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The FJ40 Land Cruiser had the rugged simplicity of a Jeep and reliability of a Toyota. Actually amazed they were still producing those in Brazil until around the year 2000. Compared to that, the newer FJ Cruiser was a sort of watered down version of it to appeal to more buyers and the Tj will probably be even more watered down from there in terms of performance capabilities.

Kind of sad, but most likely true.
 

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Probably because other manufacturers doesn't think competing against Jeep for off-road capability is worth the effort. But that doesn't mean the TJ cruiser won't be capable, it'll need to compete against the upcoming Ford Bronco which I consider to be a more city oriented version of the Wrangler.
 

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The FJ40 Land Cruiser had the rugged simplicity of a Jeep and reliability of a Toyota. Actually amazed they were still producing those in Brazil until around the year 2000. Compared to that, the newer FJ Cruiser was a sort of watered down version of it to appeal to more buyers and the Tj will probably be even more watered down from there in terms of performance capabilities.

Kind of sad, but most likely true.
If they brought over the 70 Series and did some modern things to it i bet that would have been better recieved by the overall North American market. It's no FJ but its a Land Cruiser and one that a lot of people want.

 

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The J70 was nice, though we won't see it in NA or Europe because the latest engines are not emissions-certified in Europe. That's a shame because I do like the latest iteration of it, though the interior is very spartan.
 

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The J70 was nice, though we won't see it in NA or Europe because the latest engines are not emissions-certified in Europe. That's a shame because I do like the latest iteration of it, though the interior is very spartan.
Yeah its too bad but maybe there's some hope that Lexus or Toyota can do something about bringing it to market to rival the Mercedes G-Class. Its already a great platform and it would be a shame to see it go to waste.
 

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Lexus is more on par with Mercedes and I can't see Toyota's luxury branch developing off-road friendly vehicles. If Toyota does try to bring the J70 over and compete with the G-Class, it's going to need a beastly engine.
 

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Lexus is more on par with Mercedes and I can't see Toyota's luxury branch developing off-road friendly vehicles. If Toyota does try to bring the J70 over and compete with the G-Class, it's going to need a beastly engine.
Lexus already has that figured out. For future F-Models they are developing a 4.0L Twin Turbo Engine. Then there's the whole fact they might include hybrid tech in proportion to what we seen in the LC500H.
 

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But that doesn't mean they'll put it in an off-road friendly vehicle instead of an SUV. But maybe toyota can borrow the engine?
 

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Speaking of interiors, maybe the TJ cruiser will have those gear shifting knobs instead of the usual stick to match it's futuristic looks.
 
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