Toyota reveals new FT-AC SUV concept

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What you see in the photos is the FT-AC that expands to the ‘Toyota Future Adventure Concept’. As the name makes amply clear, it points to a future SUV from Toyota. The concept demonstrates how a high-tech SUV can be used to support active lifestyles. The model incorporates Toyota’s design language to a rugged, off-road platform equipped with features like removable cameras and lights. These features can also be attached to a bicycle. The car can be connected to a user’s smartphone, tablet or laptop to transfer the footage of a journey or live stream videos directly on social media.

Toyota North America vice-president, Jack Hollis said,”FT-AC is perfect for those outdoor collections who want to dial-up the journey on their weekend getaways.” The concept features skidplates to guard its underside, as well as wheel arch guards and off-road tyres wrapped around its 20-inch wheels. The SUV also gets roof racks and a retractable bicycle rack.

The FT-AC is likely to get a petrol engine — although the specifications for the car have not been disclosed. Toyota has also mentioned the possibility of the production FT-AC getting a hybrid powertrain. Drive is sent to all four-wheels with torque vectoring technology that independently controls each wheel to enhance traction and off-road capabilities

LED marker lights at its front corners can deliver ambient lighting around the car, brighten the trail ahead or, if desired, act as a flash for the side mirrors’ embedded cameras. The infrared cameras on the side mirrors can record trail runs and, like the fog lights, can be removed and mounted off-vehicle so that no fun goes undocumented. An integrated Wi-Fi hotspot robotically uploads footage to cloud-based storage where real-time editing and posting can be retrieved via mobile devices. The Wi-Fi connectivity gives adventure-goers the ability to live stream the fun to fans and followers. The roof rack’s back-facing LED lights also aid night time perceptibility and can be controlled via mobile devices. At the rear is an innovative integrated bike rack that retracts, that can be securely hidden in a few seconds. Finally, motorists and clients can use the SUV’s geolocation capabilities for directions back to basecamp.