Toyota may have filed a trademark for the name TJ Cruiser and its concept model, named the FT-4X,
was revealed at the 2017 New York Auto, but that still doesn’t mean the concept will go into production. Though if the concept was brought to life for mass production, it could appeal to millennials and FJ Cruiser fans as a toolbox on off-road friendly wheels.
Sitting on the TNGA platform and similar in size to the CH-R, its body is 167.3 inches longer, 71.7 inches wider and 63.9 inches taller than its sibling. Potentially powering the FT-4X is a compact four-cylinder engine, which could be paired with a continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive.
What sets the concept apart from crossovers already available on the market are all the nifty features it comes with. Especially in the rear and its Multi-Hatch, a tailgate that opens in two ways: horizontally in Urban Mode, and vertically in Outdoor Mode. If one opening isn’t enough, panels on either side of the cargo area can be removed for easier access.
Even the cabin is a work of engineering marvel; there are two storage boxes to keep your food warm or cold, rear door handles that can be used as water bottles, ceiling-mounted removable flashlight, and various floor materials to separate the cabin’s three zones.
That’s just a sliver of what the FT-4X is hiding and even though it was created to explore new design ideas, we’re still keeping our fingers crossed.