Toyota FT-AC Concept SUV Debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show
Toyota takes aim at Subaru Outbackers debuting the Toyota FT-AC Concept at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
Toyota takes aim at Subaru Outback lovers who are looking for something a little more exciting at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Meet the Future Toyota Adventure Concept (FT-AC), Toyota’s most recent all-wheel-drive design experiment. The FT-AC embodies the adventurous spirit of Toyota’s existing SUVs and trucks, while borrowing design elements from the 4x4 line like the oversized matte black fender flares similar to those on the TRD Off-Road Tacoma.
Designed with an outdoorsy millennial crowd in mind, the FT-AC is described as compelling and experience-centric, engineered for adventure while catering to various lifestyles, preferences, and even generations. It’s a concept for the hikers, mountain bikers, and kayakers who want to go beyond the designated trails and out into the wild.
The vehicle’s features are innovative and unique, making practical use of space and making the FT-AC extremely versatile. Its foglights can be taken out from their pods and used as portable lights, or can be attached to a mountain bike for night riding. Infrared cameras on the side mirrors useful for visibility while driving can also be removed and used off-vehicle, while the integrated Wi-Fi hotspot (strong enough to support livestreaming) automatically uploads footage to cloud-based storage system that can be accessed via smartphone app.
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. In the back, the roof rack’s rear-facing LED lights also aid nighttime visibility and can be controlled via smartphone. One of the FT-AC’s coolest features is an integrated bike rack that retracts, making for a highly useful feature that can be securely hidden in only a few seconds.
Mechanically this vehicle is well equipped for off-road driving, from the geolocation capabilities for directions back to basecamp to the skidplates and dual tow hooks. With an advanced torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system that enables power to be routed, as needed, for excellent controllability and maximum traction, it’ll be nearly as capable off-road as its 4x4 siblings, the 4runner and Tacoma. The FT-AC also features variable terrain-response settings and 4-wheel lock functionality that help it manage traction control and throttle response to maximize grip at each wheel. 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.