bicepeak· Premium Member
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I think you are right. It is a good successor to the FJ. I love it's looks!This is what I'd imagine a FJ Cruiser successor would look like and it's everything I've dreamed of! I can somewhat see the old model in this new iteration and it just looks so much more off-road ready and rugged than the Tj Cruiser. If Toyota is to produce only one, pleas let it be the FT-AC.
That is an interesting theory on opening the doors. Possible, but modern door handles were developed many years back to have the whole handle work as a lever following an accident to be more easily opened from the outside by rescue teams. ( If I remember Mercedes pioneered that)I just watched the video presentation of FT-AC and it seems like a lot of its features will be controlled by your smartphone. Speaking of door handles, I think they used "one-touch" technology for FT-AC doors, so now when you come close to the door with a key fob inside your pocket you just need to touch it to open. I think they will represent a lot more modern and sophisticated details soon, so stay tuned.
I am at the opposite end of the spectrum from you. The TJ Cruiser is exactly what I was looking for. I think it is extremely likely to be built and sold in Japan. The open question is US sales and being that the car will already exist, I think it may end up here. Based on the same size and platform of the C-HR, it will fill a hole in the Toyota lineup that every other maker has filled. ( The Juke-like C-HR missed the mark....ironically just as the Juke is being discontinued)I wish I could share in everyone's enthusiasm for an FJ successor, however this is not it. Nor will it ever be, this is a small UNIBODY CROSSOVER. You guys do know what a crossover is right?
The FJ sits right at the top of the unlimited purpose built 4X4 class, the FT-AC sits about three rungs down the ladder below the Tacoma and the 4Runner and in a completely different class. This is the FT-X4 with some tweaks and has a better chance of being produced than the FT-X4 does.
Now that I got that out of the way, I like this concept way more than the FT-X4. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it for the first time this morning, it's at least pointed in the right direction compared to the TJ Cruiser.
It shares some design cues with the Tacomas and the 4Runners in the grill and lights, and looks more like a Highlander or C-HR from the rear. A very nice combination of a few different models wrapped up into a nice looking little crossover.
I could get on board with this one if I was looking for a new crossover.
CarlV8....you were much closer about the door opening than I thought. This review says a cell phone will open the doors.I just watched the video presentation of FT-AC and it seems like a lot of its features will be controlled by your smartphone. Speaking of door handles, I think they used "one-touch" technology for FT-AC doors, so now when you come close to the door with a key fob inside your pocket you just need to touch it to open. I think they will represent a lot more modern and sophisticated details soon, so stay tuned.
I don't think the the FT-4X has received the green light for production. I think it is misleading for the site to call them "upcoming vehicles" because when you actually click on it they are both referred to as "concepts".Maybe they're deciding to stick with the FT naming scheme?
If FT-4X seems to have received the green light to go ahead for production, maybe the same would apply to the FT-AC?
Agree. As the listing is set up now, I hope never to see the TJ Cruiser included in that particular list.How they label it really is misleading, made me think the FT-4X passed those interest group tests and was going into production. toyota should just have a section for concepts...
Yep.....that's why I am happy the TJ has a real name.Don't be confused by "FT" because that's just a concept designation which is easy to confuse with the "FJ" marque that has been used for so many decades. Looking back at the last 10 years of Toyota concepts you will find that "FT" concept designation every where.