Previewed at the New York motor show this week, Toyota’s FT-4X Concept.
Maybe it’s the colour. Perhaps it’s the rugged ‘go-anywhere’ appearance. Or it could be the many useful features and imaginative solutions littered throughout the vehicle – (some more fanciful than practical) – but not only do I find the FT-4X charming, but also it strikes me that this or something along similar lines is really what JLR should be offering instead of that insipid looking new Discovery they’re marketing to customers now.
Hailing from the Japanese manufacturer’s Design Research studio in California, FT-4X is a speculative idea for a fun urban faux by four – a kind of Matra Rancho for millennials. No, I don’t really know what that means either, but let’s not dwell on it. In fact I’d rather not dwell on the concept all that much to be honest, but if you’re interested, you’ll find as much information as you’re likely to require here. After that, you’re on your own, boyo.
Of course, JLR may have ideas along similar lines for their reborn Defender – said to be entering production in about two years time. However, Gerry McGovern and his cohorts could do worse than to give this a good once over. I suspect they are doing so as we speak.