In 2003, the Toyota introduced the Toyota FJ Cruiser as a concept as Chicago Auto Show followed by the exhibition of production model at the North American International Auto Show. FJ Cruiser is in fact a retro-style sport utility vehicle (SUV) which went on sale in 2006. FJ Cruiser took a lot of styling features from an original 1960s Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, mainly the front fascia, white roof and wrap around rear windows. FJ Cruiser shares its platform with the Land Cruiser Prado. Initially, company had no plans to produce FJ Cruiser, but it was the consumer response at the North American International Auto Show that urged the Toyota to take this concept to production in 2006. The FJ Cruiser is assembled and manufactured in Hamura, Japan.
The detailed specifications of FJ Cruiser are mentioned in the following lines.
FJ Cruiser is powered by a 4.0-L 1GR-FE DOHC V6 with VVT-i, producing 259 hp (193 kW) at 4400 rpm and torque of 270 lb-ft (370 Nm) at 4400 rpm. This engine has already been used in models of Tacoma and 4Runner. The 2010 FJ Cruiser model features a Dual VVT-i giving extra 19 hp (14 kW) as well as better fuel efficiency.
Three different transmission are offered on FJ Cruiser including: 5-speed A750E automatic transmission with a triple rear track on the front wheels is offered on all rear-wheel drive models; on part-time 4×4 models, a 5-speed A750F automatic transmission with a VF2A transfer case is offered; and full-time 4×4 models receives a 6-speed RA61F manual transmission with VF4B transfer case as well as a limited slip differential.
Toyota introduces a high-mounted, double wishbone front suspension along with a stabilizer bar as well as a 4-link rear suspension with a lateral rod accompanied by coil springs and stabilizer bar. It is the same suspension parts that Toyota uses in the 120-series Land Cruiser Prado.
The FJ Cruiser features a power-assisted 4-piston front while 2-piston rear ventilated disc brakes together with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. It also offers Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control.
FJ Cruiser is available in five colors: “Sun Fusion” (yellow), “Black Cherry” (dark magenta), “Titanium Metallic” (silver), “Black Diamond” (black) and “Voodoo Blue” (blue).
Other features and packages offered are:
- Convenience Package – It features tri-wiper configuration; a remote keyless entry system; cruise control; power outside mirrors with illuminated markers; rear privacy glass; rear wiper; rear intuitive parking assist; and daytime running lights.
- Upgrade Package 1 – It features 17-inch, 6-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with P265/70R17 tires; Active Traction Control (4WD only); electronically locking rear differential; 115V, 400w power outlet; AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD changer, MP3/WMA playback capability, and 8 speakers; exterior color-keyed door trim inserts; multi-information display (with inclinometer, compass, and temperature); leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls; and aluminum brush transmission lever and transfer lever (on 4WD models).
- Upgrade Package 2 – It is almost similar to package 1 but with an exception of a subwoofer with off switch.
As of safety, the FJ Cruiser features side curtain airbags for rows and also side torso airbags as well as Vehicle Stability Control as standard features.