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Toyota FT-4X designer claims "it is 75% production ready"


Although claimed to be nothing more than a concept, the Chief Designer of the Toyota FT-4X concept shown at the New York Auto Show last week, has hinted that the unofficial tribute to now discounted FJ Cruiser could reach production at some stage.

Speaking to Australia's, Ian Cartabiano stated that the concept is 75% "production ready", and could possibly follow in the wheel tracks of the 2004 FT-X concept, which ultimately became the second generation Toyota Tundra.

"We have a good record with concept cars. If the reaction is good, you never know what’s going to happen," Cartabiano, who is also Design Chief at Toyota's Calty Studios in California, said.

Based on the same underpinnings the C-HR, incidentally also penned by Cartabiano, the FT-4X, according to its designer, might struck a chord with so-called millennials in not being a full-blown off-roader, despite it featuring both four-wheel drive and a low range gearbox.

"This is not a Moab rock crawling car. We already have a wide stable of totally hardcore off-road vehicles, we don’t need everything in our line-up to be hardcore. This can get you there, but are you going to be rock climbing in it? No. But can you access the trailhead to get you to base camp? Yeah".

He also stated that while the innovate vertical or barn opening door tailgate "could be doable, we’d have to engineer a few issues out. if we want to make something, we can. We just need that push".

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Submitted: 26-06-2017
Oh, my goodness this a so nice.
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