If you love the legendary Toyota FJ40 than you’ll love reading this news, one of the first Toyota cars gets a potential successor next month at the New York Auto Show. Toyota promised to bring something called FT4X concept to the popular car show, and dropped a key statement that made us realize where it’s going to "Four Wheeling. Scene Stealing”, what else do we need to guess what the automaker is up to?!
What does that mean? An FJ40 off-road-themed successor makes the most sense, though Toyota didn't specify what kind of vehicle the FT-4X concept is. The automaker also released an image of an off-road wheel measuring 225/55R18 set in Goodyear rubber.Toyota built the retro FJ Cruiser – a successor to the FJ40 – from 2006-2016, with US sales ending in 2014. With a new Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco in the works and sport utility sales remaining hot, adding a dedicated off-roader could be a savvy move for Toyota.
The company recently has been using off-road vehicles to burnish its reputation as a rough-and-tough truck and SUV maker. Last year, about half of Tundras and Tacomas sold had some form of a TRD package, and about 140,000 total Toyotas, including models like the 4Runner, had TRD trim. Meanwhile, Toyota confirmed Tuesday that its luxury Lexus division would reveal the refreshed NX sport utility vehicle later in April at the Shanghai Motor Show. Lexus said the vehicle will have updated design and an interior with more functionality; the brand released a teaser of the grille and a headlight.