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Toyota's New FT-3e Battery-Powered Crossover SUV Looks Way Better and Edgier Than the bZ4X

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association organizes the Japan Mobility Show 2023 as the successor of the iconic Tokyo Motor Show, which would have celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2024 if not for this year's retirement.
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However, there's a saying: out with the old and in with the new. And JAMA is clearly trying to wipe away the legacy of TMS and forge a new vision for JMS – although with much of the same. That means one thing: concepts. And lots of them – from everywhere. As always, one of the most prolific is Toyota, of course.

The Japanese conglomerate allowed Lexus to express its BEV vision through the newly minted LF-ZC and LF-ZL concepts – a sedan and a crossover-minivan SUV but let's be frank: the spotlight is mainly on Toyota's namesake brand. With days to spare before the press days (October 25 and 26, followed by a special invitation day and general access from October 28 to November 5), the company started churning out one teaser and concept premiere after another.

Of course, the most important are easy to remember – even if not as easy to spell or pronounce. We have the IMV 0 modular truck and commercial van concept, the Land Cruiser Se with battery power, and also the EPU electric pickup truck, a potential Ford Maverick foe in the unibody compact class. And, naturally, let us not forget about the FT-3e and FT-Se concepts that were used to kick off the teaser campaign for the inaugural edition of the Japan Mobility Show.

Now both are officially out and about, ready to take a stand for Toyota's exhibition theme - "Let's change the future of cars - Find Your Future." The FT-Se sports car is pretty easy to interpret – an electric two-seater with GR branding and a novel interior design concept. Clearly, it fuels the imagination and the heart's desire to see a spiritual successor for the beloved MR2.

Meanwhile, the FT-3e, aside from the technological extravaganza of external screens, is probably what the bZ4X should have been in the first place. If you ask us, while only marginally better, FT-3e is easier to pronounce and spell than bZ4X! Anyway, this edgy electric crossover is a "next generation BEV" with "a new driving experience based on innovative technology and personalized services." For example, exterior screens provide information for the approaching driver – air quality, temperature, and remaining battery power, for example.

The exterior design is akin to a coupe SUV, a shape that has become quite fashionable these days. Of course, since it's just a prototype, technical specifications remain shrouded in mystery – although it's safe to say that it shares the principal components with the FT-3e, and it probably has the same software update capabilities as the sports car. Cool, right?

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Editor's note: The press release is machine-translated from Japanese.

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