Back to the future for Toyota FJ Cruiser
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