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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.

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