It's not hard to see that soft, car-based off-roaders are all the rage right now. Subaru's had great success with the Outback and Forester, the Jeep Renegade is popular, and Volvo's getting in on the game with the V90 Cross Country. Toyota has a long history of true off-roaders like the Land Cruiser, but now, it's dipping its toes into the soft-roader game.
The FT-4X Concept made its debut today at the New York International Auto Show, and it's basically Toyota's answer to the Jeep Renegade. The FT-4X isn't for rock-crawling like a Wrangler, or dune-blasting like a Ford F-150 Raptor, but rather, it's designed to get you and all your gear to the campsite, the beach, or to the trail.
This concept is the work of Toyota's California-based Calty Design studio, and features all sorts of neat design details. The front grille is designed to evoke the classic Land Cruiser, while there are other design cues throughout that reference other Toyota off-roaders from the past.
The FT-4X is based on the same front-wheel drive platform that underpins the compact Toyota CH-R crossover, but it receives four-wheel drive. As a concept, the FT-4X obviously doesn't have an engine, but Toyota "imagines" it to have a four-cylinder under the hood. Inside, there are boxes for storing clothes and hot and cold boxes for food.
It doesn't seem like Toyota has any definitive plans to put the FT-4X into production, but we think there's a strong case for it. People seem to love these soft-roaders, and with a cool design like this, Toyota has a compelling Renegade alternative on its hands.