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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" 4x4 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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