Similar in design to the modern RAV4, the FT-AC features a next-gen AWD system with torque-vectoring. What does this mean? The crossover SUV basically uses it's computer terrain-response settings to maximize grip. Sounds like an adaptation of the current Crawl Control system found on recent 4Runner and Tacoma models.
For a concept, the FT-AC seems very capable, and Toyota even hints that a hybrid power train could take future model off-road. We've been thinking about a hybrid off-road vehicle for years, could this be the beginning of that model?
This small SUV concept clearly takes aim at active outdoor enthusiasts that are not necessarily preparing for major overland adventures, but opting outside for weekend getaways.The design shows hints of current truck & SUV's 'confident spirit' and although we're not a huge fan of the green color, we could see a more matte version of this concept turning heads on dirt roads.
The wide track, long wheelbase, and other OEM off-road upgrades like a roof rack, skid plates, & fender flares show that Toyota is thinking of this as a modern adventurers daily driver. Of course the concept also includes fog lights that can be used as portable lights, a variety of cameras, and roof-rack lights that work through a mobile app.
Although Toyota sells over 300,000 RAV4 models per year, it's clear that this concept takes aim at the Jeep Cherokee market. A crossover SUV with real (computer controlled) capability certainly appeals to a more active buyer who is ready to trade their Camry for a more fun vehicle.
Let's Go Places, Indeed. #FTAC