Toyota FT-AC concept shows rugged SUV of the future

November 30, 2017

Toyota has revealed an all-new concept SUV at the Los Angeles auto show, called the FT-AC. This is the concept that was previewed a couple of weeks ago.

Described as the next step in Toyota’s line of adventure-loving concept vehicles, the FT-AC is a brash and versatile proposal with proper off-road capability. As Toyota says, the concept allows a “deeper exploration to take life’s journeys even further”.

Some of the design details include a wide and thick front grille with bright LED headlights, detachable fog lights that can be mounted to a mountain bike, with twin tow hooks for recovery. There’s also skid plates underneath, chunky all-terrain tyres on 20-inch wheels, with bulging wheel arches, and an adjustable roof rack.

There’s also rear-facing LED lights for night time camping and so on. These can be controlled via a mobile device. Meanwhile an integrated bike rack at the rear makes life easier when loading and unloading, and there’s geolocation capability for sharp direction guidance. In a statement, Toyota said:

“FT-AC reminds adventurers of all skill levels how remarkable the trip – not just the destination – can be. Going for a paddle on the river. Climbing a favourite rock face. Hitting a trail on a mountain bike. FT-AC is experience-centric. It compels. Any wheel time in FT-AC brings genuine facetime with the friends aboard.”

There’s no mention of the powertrain specifics, however, it does use a petrol engine with advanced torque vectoring all-wheel drive. There’s also a terrain response system with four-wheel locking for maximum traction. Toyota says the concept could also offer a next-gen hybrid system to help with its future-thinking and real-world practicality approach. No word on whether this beast will inspire a production car as yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.