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Toyota teases rumoured FJ Cruiser successor and Tonka(d) Hilux


Toyota has released a single teaser image of a rumoured successor to the FJ Cruiser, reportedly set to debut at the New York Auto Show next month.

Known only as the FT-4X, the images show the concept being fitted with a 255/R18 Goodyear off-road tyre and finished in a orange hue with the actual wheel design mirroring that of the FJ. Toyota has only stated that the concept will be "four wheeling" and "scene stealing".

Reports have been meanwhile claimed that the FT-4X could possibly serve as a rival for the Jeep Wrangler and revived Ford Everest-based Bronco due in 2020.

Hilux Tonka Concept

Elsewhere, Toyota Australia has teamed-up with famed American toy manufacturer Tonka to unveil a dedicated off-road concept based on the Hilux.

As with the Aussie-only TRD, the Tonka uses the flagship Hilux SR5 double cab 4x4 as a starting point, with additions being a heavy duty suspension and 35-inch wheels helping to raise ground clearance by an extra 150 mm, carbon fibre skin bonnet and tailgate, the former with a special integrated air scoop, six mm thick alloy skidplate, tubular side rails, snorkel, high-performance LED lights, rollbar, removable bin frame with accessories ranging diesel cans to a spare wheel and storage box, and Tonka's signature yellow and black paint finish.

Motivation though still comes from Toyota's 2.8 GD-6 turbodiesel engine with 130 kW and 420 Nm when connected with the six-speed manual gearbox, or 450 Nm with the optional six-speed automatic.

Sadly, no plans are currently in place to bring the Hilux Tonka to production with Toyota merely stating that it would serve as an exhibition vehicle at four-wheel drive events across Australia.

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