Toyota unveils all-terrain concept vehicle

Alfred Osborne
November 30, 2017

Toyota has created this Future Toyota Adventure Concept to show how a high-tech SUV can be used to support active lifestyles.

Making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and building off the FT-4X concept from earlier this year, the FT-AC is a compact crossover that "is flawless for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to dial up the adventure on their weekend getaways".

"FT-AC is ideal for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to dial up the adventure", Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager for Toyota, said.

The 4Runner-inspired front fascia is complemented by fog lights that can be removed, only to be placed on a mountain bike or something.

Whichever body panel or exterior trim you lay eyes on, the FT-AC harks back to Toyota's past but also freshens things up with futuristic touches.

Future Toyota Adventure Concept points to high-tech SUV future

A safari-style cargo roof rack system is built to handle all types of adventure gear and features LED marker lights at its front corners that can provide ambient lighting around the vehicle, brighten the trail ahead, or act as a flash for the side mirrors' embedded cameras.

There are infrared cameras on the side mirrors that can record trail runs or be removed for recording activities away from the vehicle.

Just by looking at the concept, most will be able to see how this vehicle has been designed for off-road use, thanks to the large fender flares, skidplates, huge roof rack, all-terrain tires, and integrated bike rack. Drive is sent to all four wheels with torque vectoring technology, which can independently control each wheel to enhance traction and off-road performance.

While the FT-AC is imagined as a gas-powered adventure vehicle, it could be available with a next-generation hybrid powertrain that blends fuel efficiency with rugged all-wheel-drive grunt, giving drivers better power, responsiveness, and impressive fuel economy without compromise.

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