January 5, 2004


Toyota FTX concept may be future Tundra pickup

Toyota FTX Concept Vehicle

Toyota FTX Concept Vehicle
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Detroit, Michigan – Toyota unveiled a concept pickup truck that provides a hint
about the direction in size and styling of Toyota’s next big-truck platform.

“The FTX concept was developed to make a bold statement about Toyota’s future
full-size pickup truck plans,” said Jim Press, executive vice president and COO,
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A.

At nearly 19-feet in length, nearly seven feet in width, and six-and-one-half feet
in height, the FTX is a full-sized body-on-frame, “Super-C-Cab” 4×4 pickup truck. It
has the interior room of a double cab, and “suicide doors” that open 90 degrees.

Exterior features include bumpers with integrated tow hooks and special hideaway
universal carabiner-type tie-down hooks in the truck bed. Underneath the rear
skid-plate is a unit that houses an electric generator, an air compressor and other
outlets. Inside the bed is a solid metal collapsible hidden job box that can be
erected for safe storage of tools and supplies. Finally, hidden away in the rear
tailgate is a smooth operating hideaway ramp that extends to the ground when the
gate is open, allowing heavy items to be rolled into the bed, instead of being
lifted.

Inside, a wide centre console separates at a large centre display panel. The console
contains an armrest-mounted control-arm that includes all instrumentation and an
operational lever that is angled toward the driver. The seat height and steering
wheel angle of the FTX are positioned extremely high, giving the driver a feeling of
total command and conveying the feel of operating a big rig. Suspension seats
isolate the driver and passenger from rough terrain and include deep center pads
styled after a horseman’s saddle for comfort.

“The recent launch of the Tundra Double Cab and the new FTX concept offers a good
indication to how Toyota’s large truck evolution is progressing,” said Press. “And
make no mistake about it. With our expansion in San Antonio, we are on a serious
mission to build big truck market share.”

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