Toyota preps FT-4X off-road concept for New York
Is the FJ40 set for a successor?
Fans of the legendary Toyota FJ40 will be getting a look at its potential successor next month at the New York Auto Show. Toyota said Wednesday morning it will bring something called the FT-4X concept to the show, dropping a two-sentence statement titled “Four Wheeling. Scene Stealing.”
What does that mean? An FJ40 off-road-themed successor makes the most sense, though Toyota didn’t specify what kind of vehicle the FT-4X concept is. The automaker also released an image of an off-road wheel measuring 225/55R18 set in Goodyear rubber.
Toyota built the retro FJ Cruiser – a successor to the FJ40 – in 2006-2016, with US sales ending in 2014. With a new Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco in the works and sport utility sales remaining hot, adding a dedicated off-roader could be a savvy move for Toyota.
The company recently has been using off-road vehicles to burnish its reputation as a rough-and-tough truck and SUV maker. Last year, about half of Tundras and Tacomas sold had some form of a TRD package, and about 140,000 total Toyotas, including models like the 4Runner, had TRD trim.
Meanwhile, Toyota confirmed Tuesday that its luxury Lexus division would reveal the refreshed NX sport utility vehicle later in April at the Shanghai Motor Show. Lexus said the vehicle will have updated design and an interior with more functionality; the brand released a teaser of the grille and a headlight.