Alongside the eye-catching FT-Se sports car concept, Toyota revealed this futuristic SUV, dubbed the FT-3e concept.
The FT-3e looks like an evolution of the Toyota bZ4X crossover, with a similar stance, sloping roofline, and two-piece rear spoiler.
The interior is modern and airy, with a plethora of screens situated around the driver.
Toyota's first dedicated electric vehicle, the bZ4X crossover, has so far been a flop. After a recall and stop-sale for wheels that could fall off hampered the initial launch, Toyota reintroduced the bZ4X earlier this year. The dismal real-world driving range, however, means sales have remained low, with just 6486 units sold through September. But Toyota is hard at work on solid-state batteries that promise improved range and charging times, and the FT-3e concept revealed at the Tokyo auto show provides a glimpse into what a bZ4X successor could look like.
FT-3e Concept Revealed
Toyota didn't reveal many details about the FT-3e, but described the concept as a "next-generation" electric vehicle that will feature "personalized services powered by innovative technologies." One of these futuristic cues are the digital displays on each side of the vehicle, running along the doors and curving upwards to meet the beltline. Toyota says these exterior-facing screens will show relevant information as the driver walks towards the FT-3e, such as battery charge levels, onboard temperature, and interior air quality.
The overall proportions of the concept are very reminiscent of the bZ4X, with a squat stance and wheels pushed to the outer corners of the vehicle. The features are sharp, with thin light bars stretching across the front and rear of the vehicle and crisp creases on the front end creating an expressive face. The roofline slopes dramatically at the rear and sports a similar two-piece rear spoiler as the bZ4X.
Inside the FT-3e
The FT-3e's interior is full of straight lines, with the center touchscreen and digital instrument panel supplemented by a pair of iPhone-like screens on either side of the steering wheel. There are also two screens on the outer edges of the dashboard, which appear to be displays for sideview-mirror-replacing cameras. Nearly all physical controls appear to have been shunned. The overall aura is airy and light and features a modern mix of interesting materials and textures.
With so few specifics, it's hard to say exactly what the FT-3e will mean for future Toyotas. But we think it likely previews the design direction for Toyota's next iteration of EVs, which should arrive in 2026 with the new solid-state batteries. Ideas like the exterior displays or interior screen layout could certainly end up on a production vehicle.
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