Thirst things first
TOYOTA has ‘‘ solved’’ FJ Cruiser fuel concerns— by adding a fuel tank.
The company spruiks its lean-running hybrid portfolio yet continues to deny markets, including Australia and Britain, the option of a diesel engine in the retro off-road wagon.
Such engines are mainstays of Toyota’s other off-road vehicle ranges.
Aimed at the US and Middle East markets, the Prado-based FJ Cruiser is made only with a V6 petrol engine.
Toyota claims that with the second tank, the FJ has a petrol capacity of 159 litres, good for 1700km cruising range on the highway.
This theoretical range, which diminishes greatly and rapidly off road or in the suburbs, is an increase of some 600km.
The company says the combined-cycle fuel economy of 11.4L/100km delivers a notional range of almost 1400km. With the increased range comes a price increase, the new tank kicking the sticker up $1500 to $47,990 plus $475 for metallic paint.
The FJ Cruiser, Toyota’s fifth SUV and the most recent addition to the off-roader range, is part of the company’s capped-price servicing program and costs $210 for each sixmonthly service for the first three years.
Using some parts from the current and previous Prados, the FJ has a 200kW/380Nm 4.0-litre engine and five-speed automatic transmission.
The transfer case is a parttime, two-speed set-up.
It is regarded as more nimble in the bush compared with the Prado because of its better approach and departure angles. To maximise its off-road ability, it is standard with switchable Active Traction Control including a crawl’’ function that acts like a lowspeed cruise control.