By on March 29, 2017


Four words. That’s the extent of the details dropped by Toyota today, along with a picture that displays not quite an entire wheel. Perhaps the automaker should take a page from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and release 397 feature-length films about each of the mystery vehicle’s components.

The four words and one picture depict the upcoming FT-4X, a Toyota concept bound for a New York Auto Show unveiling on April 12. From the few clues we have, this concept — in Toyotaland, “FT” prefixes mean “future Toyota” — should boast some measure of off-roading bona fides, possibly enough to make Jeep worried.

“Four wheeling. Scene stealing.”

That’s apparently all Toyota wants us to know about the mysterious beast, which saw its name trademarked back in October. That, and the 225/55 18-inch Goodyear rubber, itself sporting an aggressive, chunky tread pattern. Will this future Toyota venture where no RAV4, C-HR or Highlander would dare tread?

Perhaps, if it is indeed the successor to the defunct FJ Cruiser. “4X” certainly implies four-wheel traction, as well as an off-road presence. The image, such as it is, shows a very short front overhang and room above the wheel for plenty of suspension travel. Toyota’s tease suggests that the design, of which we can see so little here, might be more daring than we’re used to from this particular automaker.

The FJ Cruiser was something of a bruiser — big, powerful, thirsty, and sporting altogether unique (if not retro) styling. It’s unlikely we’ll see a close copy of that model, which ran its course in 2014. To tackle Jeep, and perhaps Ford’s soon-to-be-reborn Bronco, Toyota needs something in the compact-to-midsize range, ideally with some fuel efficiency on its side.

We’ll know more about this intriguing model-to-be in two weeks.

[Image: Toyota Motor Corporation]

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32 Comments on “Potential FJ Cruiser Replacement Teased for New York...”

  • avatar

    A ’55’ profile off-road tire?

    Fail even before it gets off the assembly line!

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      It’s aimed at a similar crowd as the average Raptor set, abiet, less well heeled.

      Maybe Teeyota is countering the new Wranlger hairdresser set.

      I would like to see what platform the FJ Cruiser is based. It will undoubtedly come with the Taco V6.

      • 0 avatar

        It seems no article is safe from inane comments on the Raptor.

      • 0 avatar

        Corolla platform is the logical choice, right?

      • 0 avatar

        “hairdresser set”

        What is it will an the animosity towards hairdressers?

        I picture a man with a bad comb-over.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al From 'Murica

        The Raptor is a capable vehicle @aussie Al though yeah, most don’t get beat on because they are spending. That sort of thing is for the third or fourth owner.

        Fact is Americans and Australians look at offroading differently. It is by and large a hobby here where as it is simply how one travels in parts of Australia.

        Still, the Raptor is decent and we have made some epic off-roaders that no Aussie off-roaders can beat. I’m thinking of the ones parked on the moon and the ones currently roaming around the Martian surface.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          L’il Al,
          I have never ststed the Raptor is not capable, as is the FJ Cruiser.

          You must be honest and admit the types drawn to these vehicles are drawn by what it could of been. Perception.

          It’s okay people buy these types of vehicles. We have plenty of Aussies who buy off roaders and add most every accessory with lift for a facade.

          I suppose if these latte sipping hairdressers didn’t buy them they would be a great deal more expensive for me.

          So we should celebrate the 75% who buy pickups and never use them with the SUV and 4×4 crowd.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al From 'Murica

            Agreed Al. Those of us that do wheel our rigs typically don’t buy them new so fresh, non abuse, fully depreciated 4x4s are a good thing for sure. I do wish these owners would at least exercise the bits though. All the locker actuators on my 80 series were frozen from lack of use when I got it so I had to spend a week screwing with them before I got to wheel it.

          • 0 avatar

            “latte sipping hairdressers”


  • avatar

    Welp, I guess college douchebags need a Japanese SUV option now the Xterra is gone. Doesn’t matter if it actually goes off-road, you just need some mud to look poser-redneck, despite the NJ tags… at least in my neck of the woods.

    • 0 avatar

      Look on the bright side – it means a greater supply of used trucks that can be beat up by someone who doesn’t have to be worried about protecting their $30k+ investment.

    • 0 avatar

      “you just need some mud to look poser-redneck”

      And you can buy special Toyota Poseur Mud from the dealer parts department.

    • 0 avatar

      “college douchebags need a Japanese SUV”

      Pencil-neck p*ssy traitors. They only make 4 times what I do because kneepads.

      • 0 avatar

        “Pencil-neck p*ssy traitors. They only make 4 times what I do because kneepads.”

        It follows that if you need knee pads to advance in male dominated executive world, that would make you a “p*ssy traitor”!

  • avatar

    “That, and the 225/55 18-inch Goodyear rubber, itself sporting an aggressive, chunky tread pattern. Will this future Toyota venture where no RAV4, C-HR or Highlander would dare tread?”

    Who tell is going to be impressed by 28 inch tall 9 inch wide tires? Any of those lame crossovers will be able to keep up, this certainly isn’t going anywhere impressive with that tire combination.
    This could just as easily be a rally cross Toyota 86, that would actually be half way cool.

    • 0 avatar

      For reference, the RAV4 Limited comes with 235/55/18 tires. Whatever this is, it is certainly no FJ replacement. It could still be something interesting though, if for once (in a long time) Toyota puts an above mediocre engine in it.

  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    I am A-OK with that wheel design, though perhaps a bit perplexed why only one hex screw motif element is orange.

  • avatar

    I imagine it will have an angry looking front end and that it will have high window sills and gunslit windows that are hard to see out of.

    • 0 avatar

      You would of thought Toyota learn their lesson but the new Toyota Camry is just so extreme looking for a family sedan with the spindle front grill and it all in shine black weave too! Ugh!

  • avatar

    I’m not sure Jeep has too much to be worried about just yet – the FJ Cruiser came out around the same time as the JK, and as much as it developed a pretty loyal following (and stellar resale), it hasn’t seemed to hurt Jeep at all. Considering Toyota’s truck development lately has been more or less non-existent, it’s hard to think they’re going to set the world on fire with this when it’ll be coming out against the redesigned Wrangler.

  • avatar

    Probably just a preview of a 4Runner restyle.

  • avatar

    Hoping that it will look okay! No spindle front grill in other words!

  • avatar
    Big Al From 'Murica

    I know it is just a concept, but look how far parts of the rim stick out past the sidewall. Rocky terrain will eat those rims for lunch.

  • avatar

    The 225/55R18 tires are too small to be that of an FJ Cruiser replacement. The 18 inch tires of the current Rav4 is 235/55R18.

  • avatar

    As the owner of a daily driven 2014 FJ Cruiser, this caught my attention.

    The FJ is a very good small 4×4. Very capable off road. However, it would be great if its successor came with a Nav system and better interior lighting. Better gas mileage would be nice, too.

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