With the LA Auto Show now less than a fortnight away, Toyota added to the growing list of shadowclad teaser images, announcing the FT-AC ahead of its official unveiling.
FT-AC stands for Future Toyota Adventure Concept and if history tells us anything Toyota’s range of FT concepts usually signal a coming production model. But what does the FT-AC point to?
Adventure certainly looks to be high on the list of the FT-AC’s priorities. Although the moodily lit teaser gives away little it does at least show a set of wide, plastic-clad wheel arch flares up front, with matching matte-plastic mirror covers for an aesthetic tie in.
We’ve tweaked Toyota’s teaser slightly for a more revealing look, but there’s still little to see apart from a heavily sculpted bonnet and (curiously for an off-road vehicle) a lower lip at the bottom of the front bumper that looks as if it would only hamper maximum approach angle.
LED lighting also plays a prominent role in the car’s styling with headlights, front fogs and roof-mounted auxiliary lights all illuminated with diode technology. Those upper lights are also joined by a set of chunky roof rails.
Speculation as to what the FT-AC might lead to has already begun to run wild, with an evolved version of the FT-4X compact off-roader shown at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January leading the charge.
If that is the case Toyota could be planning a second small SUV to sell alongside the wild-looking, and urban focussed C-HR but with a more capable off-road skew.
It’s also possible that the FT-AC points to something else entirely, and given the LA Show’s US-centric focus a new version of the American market 4Runner or Sequoia large SUVs or Tacoma pickup could be the subject of this concept.
Full details and clearer images will emerge in the leadup to the FT-AC’s official reveal on November 30 and TMR will be at the LA Auto Show to bring you the latest news.
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