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Toyota FT-4X concept designed for city and dirt

Toyota's new concept, unveiled at the New York auto show, explores the idea of a compact SUV capable of going from an urban commute straight to offroad adventures.

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Toyota built a new concept for the New York auto show, the FT-4X. In Toyota-speak, that means Future Toyota - Four-wheel-drive.

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The concept was designed at Toyota's California studio, and the company specifically called out millennials living in the San Francisco Bay Area as a target audience.

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The FT-4X is roughly comparable in size to the Jeep Renegade.

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The step-side seems unnecessary, given the car's height, but it can help with stowing cargo on the roof.

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The interior is designed with versatility in mind.

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At the New York auto show unveiling, the concept was shown with no rear seats, although we can assume seats would be available.

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Integrated hot and cold storage is designed for camping or picnics.

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The FT-4X builds on Toyota's experience with serious offroad vehicles, such as Land Cruiser and FJ Cruiser. However, its small dimensions make it suitable for an urban environment.

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Toyota designers embraced the mechanical in the FT-4X's design as a departure from the screen interfaces people use daily.

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The glove box sits separate from the dashboard.

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Toyota partnered with The North Face for this concept, integrating a combination arm-rest and sleeping bag.

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Yellow bands throughout the cabin serve as quick tie-downs for items brought into the car.

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Toyota says the FT-4X would be powered by a four cylinder engine.

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Instead of a built-in screen for navigation, the designers envisioned a smartphone mount and a dedicated app for the car.

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