Toyota Debuts Full-Size Pickup Concept and Hybrid SUV
Toyota unveiled a concept version of its upcoming full-size pickup at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Toyota’s next pickup is to be built in a new assembly plant in San Antonio. Nearly 19 feet long and 7 feet wide, the concept, dubbed the FTX, has a sculptured design, enormous bumpers and imposing front end. Created by Toyota’s advance design studio in Newport Beach, Calif., the production model will have roughly the same proportions as the FTX but will be slightly shorter. It is powered by a V-8 hybrid gas-electric drive system. Toyota also unveiled a hybrid version of its midsized Highlander SUV. The hybrid Highlander will be on sale in early 2005 as an ‘05 model. The Highlander will use the same gas-electric powertrain as the Prius, but modified to use a V-6 engine and a larger battery pack to power the mid-sized SUV. The hybrid Highlander will have 270 horsepower and will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds. But the fuel economy will be better than the average compact sedan, and it will meet strict superultra low emissions vehicle pollution standards.