Toy­ota touts a po­ten­tial FJ Cruiser re­place­ment

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS -

Toy­ota touts a po­ten­tial FJ Cruiser re­place­ment: The Sleuth was blown away af­ter ogling the Toy­ota FT-4X con­cept at the re­cent New York In­ter­na­tional Auto Show (April 14-23). The boxy show car dis­plays el­e­ments of past iconic FJ mod­els, but is smaller and more fash­ion­able with the lat­est in con­nec­tiv­ity. The FT-4X’s most no­tice­able de­sign el­e­ment is an over­sized cir­cu­lar rear han­dle that ro­tates in one di­rec­tion to open the hinged rear doors, or in the op­po­site di­rec­tion to open a one-piece lift­gate. The load floor also slides out­ward for easy load­ing/un­load­ing or for use as a seat. There are also plenty of latches and hooks in­side and out for se­cur­ing a va­ri­ety of gear. Whether this mil­len­nial-fo­cused rolling tool box makes it to mar­ket re­mains to be seen, but FT-4X gets two thumbs way up from The Spy Guy.

It seems like just another quiet night in the big city. But that’s when your trusty gumshoe gets down and dirty dig­ging up the news.

TOY­OTA

The Toy­ota FJ has been dis­con­tin­ued, but per­haps the FT-4X con­cept shows what a re­place­ment might look like.

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