6 Revelations on the Toyota FT-AC from the 2017 L.A. Auto Show

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Toyota has launched a squadron of SUV crossover trial balloons at recent auto shows, with the Future Toyota Adventure Concept, or FT-AC, being the latest. We caught up with Toyota general manager Jack Hollis right after his enthusiastic introduction of the concept to get a few more details on this latest conversation starter.

More Doable than FT-4X

When pressed about the FT-AC’s prospects for production, Hollis said: “I don’t like doing concepts just for concepts’ sake,” and also admitted that this concept was “more doable” than the New York show concept, FT-4X. We expect elements of the FT-AC’s design to be scaled down and applied to the next RAV4 (as shown, it splits the size difference between the RAV4 and Highlander).

Local Connectivity

Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications are all the rage, but the FT-AC wants to extend the usefulness of the connection to its users’ phones and cloud storage accounts. Its detachable cameras can store and/or stream to the web, whether attached to the car or detached and mounted to bikes or helmets when adventuring. Also, leveraging the onboard Wi-Fi connection, the various lighting elements can be used for flash photography by the cameras and triggered by a cell phone.

Weekday Comfort/Weekend Ruggedness

The design intent for the chassis tuners is to ensure the FT-AC delivers a comfortable, supple ride for weekday commuting to work, with sufficient ground clearance and tractability from the torque-vectoring all-wheel drive to access your favorite base-jumping/kayak-launching/backpacking-trailhead locations.

Floating Fender Flairs

The castellated fender flares actually stand proud of the bodywork by a finger width or so, which would likely complicate cleaning and waxing the body and would doubtless be an aero killer. But when we suggested to Hollis making them telescopic to cover variable tire sizes, his eyes lit up! (Don’t look for anything like this happening, fixed or telescopic.)

Not a CALTY Design

This design sprang from internal competitions involving California CALTY design center and others in Japan. There was even some collaboration with vehicle customizers.

Interior Coming Soon

The show car in LA was a shell with opaque windows, but Hollis promises that an interior is being designed to incorporate as much innovation as the current exterior is demonstrating.

Learn more about the Toyota FT-AC right here.

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GMC Launches 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition

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If you’re in the market for a large, luxurious SUV, you can do a lot worse than the GMC Yukon Denali. It’s big, comfortable, powerful, and remarkably agile. The question is, though, what do you buy if you like the Yukon Denali but wish it stood out a little more? At the Los Angeles Auto Show this year, GMC revealed the answer: the Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition.

In case you were wondering, the Ultimate Black Edition is definitely black. Onyx Black is the only color GMC offers with this package. Beyond that, you get 22-inch black wheels with chrome accents, polished exhaust tips, chrome side-view mirrors, and fancy new floor mats. You also get GMC’s Open Road package, which includes a sunroof, back-seat entertainment system, retractable side steps, the Enhanced Security Package, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

“The Yukon Denali has always made a bold and powerful statement, and the Ultimate Black Edition takes that expression to a new level,” said Stu Pierce, one of GMC’s marketing directors. “The Ultimate Black Edition provides our customers seeking the ultimate in performance and refinement with an opportunity to express themselves with a new and unique style.”

Considering that it’s essentially new wheels, a few chrome bits, and a set of floormats, that’s a bit of a stretch. But we have to admit the Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition looks pretty cool. Unfortunately, GMC hasn’t revealed pricing yet, but based on what’s included and the price of a regular Yukon Denali, expect the rear-wheel-drive version to cost a little more than $70,000.

Source: GMC

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