Toyota FT-4X Crossover Going After Kia Soul?

Toyota FT-4X coming to production?

When will Toyota FT-4x be released in US?

When the Kia Soul was first brought to the marketplace in 2009, it was just one of several boxy cars on the market.

No-one really expected anything special from this vehicle, but with a savvy marketing campaign and an urban style all its own, the Soul went on to put the likes of the Scion XB and the Nissan Cube out of business.

The Kia boxy car continues to dominate the market to this day, but its success has other automakers looking at ways to imitate what Kia did, and perhaps even turn the table on the Soul.

That is exactly what Toyota are looking to do with the FT-4X concept.

The Toyota FT-4X concept has been officially unveiled at the New York Auto Show, and at first glance it appears to be a rather juiced-up version of the Honda Element or Kia Soul.

2023 Toyota FT-4X AWD

It’s certainly a funky look, and one that could be the forerunner of a production model designed to go up against the Soul crossover.

The name itself is derived from the much longer “Future Toyota Four-Wheel Drive Crossover,” with Toyota looking at this model as an unconventional crossover.

By that, we mean that they see the FT-4X as a functional vehicle that will be equally at home on city streets as it would be in off-road environments.

It must be said that the look of the vehicle, especially up front, is similar to that of the FJ40 Land Cruiser and FJ Cruiser, both former off-road models delivered by Toyota.

While the overall profile is a boxy one, the addition of a vertical window over the rear fender, as well as rear doors that open vertically or outwardly, give it a bit of a different look.

There are a lot of cool features inside the FT-4X, many of which are in place to cater to the outdoors types.

The sound system can be removed and used as a portable unit, while the HVAC vents in the center can be turned downwards to cool items below them.

A sleeping bag is neatly tucked away in the center arm rest, and the front door handles can also be used as water bottles.

It is worth noting that this is a concept model, and that many of the features mentioned here would simply not be viable in a FT 4X production model.

2023 Toyota FT-4X release date in US

Toyota FT-4X release date has yet to be announced, but it could hit the US-market in late 2022 or early 2023.

Price of Toyota FT-4X

There is no word on the 2023 Toyota FT-4X pricing at this point, but we expect it to have a similar pricing range as the current Kia Soul.

Serious threat to Kia Soul or not?

The big question that needs to be asked now is whether this Toyota small crossover could be considered a serious threat to the Soul crossover vehicle.

It’s really impossible to say without knowing what the finished vehicle would look like and how it would perform, but what we do know is that the Soul will be in its 3rd generation before Toyota FT-4X sees the light of day.

That would mean more upgrades and potentially even new models (AWD all-terrain, improved EV, etc.) for the Kia Soul, meaning that the FT-4X would still have some catching up to do.


  1. Denis says:

    Good Reason to upgrade the Soul soon!

  2. carlos says:

    I am interested in toyota FT 4x could you keep in touch

  3. Albert Meyer says:

    Kia needs to bring back the standard transmission in the Soul with the larger motor, release a AWD version, build the trackster. The toyota FT4x is serious competition to the Soul.if it is produced with a manual option and the availability of 4WD it would open a market perhaps untapped.

  4. ferrin says:

    Date de disponibilité ?

  5. MARCEL MAYAS says:

    TOYOTA needs to Bring Back ” More Compact , Road Compliant , MAZDA treatment INTERIOR , FT-X4 inspired ” FJ-CRUISER “

  6. Jeff Jasper says:

    Please Build it.

  7. Enrique Carrión Viramontes says:

    It’s really true? really exists?

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