PAY­ING HOMAGE

4 x 4 Australia - - Driven -

THE FJ Cruiser pays homage to the FJ40, which wasn’t the orig­i­nal Land Cruiser but was the ve­hi­cle that es­tab­lished Toy­ota as a pre-em­i­nent man­u­fac­turer of 4x4s. The 40 Se­ries was a de­vel­op­ment of the 20 Se­ries, which in turn was ef­fec­tively a re­nam­ing of the orig­i­nal BJ.

The 40 Se­ries was re­placed by the 70 Se­ries, and if the FJ Cruiser was based on a 70 Se­ries then its blood­line would be much more di­rect. As it is, the FJ Cruiser is based on the 120/150 Se­ries Prado and its links to the FJ40 are more stylis­tic – ‘TOY­OTA’ grille badge, round head­lights, white-fin­ished roof, steep wind­screen with three wipers, and the slab dash­board.

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