Is Toyota launching a successor to the FJ Cruiser?

A new trademark hints at what's to come
by Jason Tulio | Oct 19, 2016

Concept car reveals are a lot like watching the first trailer of an upcoming movie. You get a hint of what's to come when the real thing comes out. You don't quite know yet if it's going to be good or bad, since some parts of the concept don't make it to the final product and vice versa. Still, you walk away knowing that your excitement and curiosity are piqued. 

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Well, consider us intrigued about this one: recent signs point to us seeing a new concept vehicle from Toyota soon. On October 10, the Japanese carmaker filed a trademark with the US Patent and Trademark office. The trademark is for the name "Toyota FT-4x" and is filed under goods and services described as "automobiles and structural parts thereof." 

FT stands for "Future Toyota" and is the company's call sign for its concept vehicles, like the FT-86 that evolved into the Toyota 86. We're not sure yet what the "4x" means, but the safe assumption is that it signifies a 4x4 vehicle. 

Several international news sites speculate that this upcoming concept vehicle could be the successor to the FJ Cruiser. The theory makes sense; the beloved 4x4's production was discontinued earlier this year and there hasn't been any word since about its future. This new concept could either be the next generation of the FJ Cruiser, or a new model built along the same idea. 

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What do you guys think about this rumored concept? Do you want to see a successor to the FJ Cruiser?

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