Back to the fu­ture for Toy­ota FJ Cruiser

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Toy­ota is build­ing on the 50year her­itage of its FJ Cruiser four-wheel-drive by dip­ping into its his­toric paint pal­ette for the 2014 model year.

A new colour called Retro Blue is based on the orig­i­nal blue paint used for the ve­hi­cle that in­spired the LandCruiser FJ40 which was sold in Aus­tralia dur­ing the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s.

The mod­ern FJ Cruiser, avail­able in six other colours, also gains newly de­signed 17-inch sev­en­spoke al­loy wheels.

Toy­ota’s ‘‘go any­where, do any­thing’’ FJ Cruiser main­tains a loyal fol­low­ing with al­most 7000 sold here since the model was in­tro­duced in 2011.

Toy­ota Aus­tralia’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing Tony Cramb said FJ Cruiser’s suc­cess was thanks to its off-road prow­ess, suit­abil­ity for ev­ery­day driv­ing and flex­i­bil­ity for all types of ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘Mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts love the FJ Cruiser be­cause it in­her­its the DNA and pays homage to sev­eral of the most com­pelling stylis­tic themes of the orig­i­nal LandCruiser FJ40,’’ Mr Cramb said.

‘‘They also ap­pre­ci­ate the FJ Cruiser be­ing sim­ple and rugged with the abil­ity to tra­verse tough ter­rain and de­liver full-scale of­froad driv­ing per­for­mance.

‘‘The cal­i­bra­tion of the ve­hi­cle’s shock ab­sorbers and power steer­ing were re­tuned to meet re­quire­ments for a sporty ride and sharp han­dling on bi­tu­men while re­tain­ing com­fort in off-road con­di­tions.’’

FJ Cruiser’s lad­der-frame chas­sis pro­vides the sta­ble plat­form for the long-travel all-coil sus­pen­sion and the ve­hi­cle’s of­froad cre­den­tials. The ve­hi­cle has high-mounted dou­ble-wish­bone in­de­pen­dent front sus­pen­sion and a five-link solid rear axle sys­tem.

The hy­draulic power-as­sisted rack and pin­ion steer­ing has a vari­able gear-ra­tio steer­ing rack to pro­vide the op­ti­mal steer­ing weight­ing, for greater ease when park­ing and di­rect re­sponse at high­way speeds.FJ Cruiser has a pow­er­ful and re­spon­sive DOHC 4.0-litre V6 petrol en­gine.

The FJ Cruiser’s com­pre­hen­sive stan­dard safety pack­age pro­vides six airbags, in­clud­ing front seat­mounted side airbags and rollsens­ing side cur­tain airbags for both rows of seats.

Ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity con­trol, an­ti­skid brakes with brake as­sist and elec­tronic brake­force distri­bu­tion, ac­tive head­rests for the front seats, and a re­vers­ing cam­era are stan­dard.

Of­fered in a sin­gle grade with a high level of spec­i­fi­ca­tion, the FJ Cruiser re­mains priced from $47 990.

For a full run­down on the up­graded FJ Cruiser, call into Shep­par­ton Toy­ota, Mel­bourne Road. Or call the show­room on 5823 1301.

Of­fered in a sin­gle grade with a high level of spec­i­fi­ca­tion, the FJ Cruiser re­mains priced from $47 990

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