8 March 2011

FJ Cruiser : Modern Interpretation of a Toyota Classic

Toyota Australia is responding to the needs of a new generation of buyers by introducing the FJ Cruiser - a modern interpretation of a Toyota classic.

FJ Cruiser brings together the off-road ruggedness and performance associated with Toyota's heritage as well as the safety and refinement demanded by today's motorists.

Toyota's fifth SUV and latest member of the LandCruiser family - to be launched in the second half of March - comes to Australia in a single grade offering a high level of specification.

Toyota Australia's senior executive director of sales and marketing David Buttner said the FJ Cruiser is a steel-and-glass statement of Toyota's commitment to great design.

"FJ Cruiser provides capable, affordable, off-road transport for younger buyers with active lifestyles," Mr Buttner said.

"It is the 'go anywhere, do anything' Toyota with the equipment and quality necessary for enjoyment as both an on-road and off-road vehicle," he said.

"Like other vehicles in Toyota's LandCruiser family, FJ Cruiser will generate widespread recognition and respect for its authentic off-road capabilities."

The FJ Cruiser pays homage to several of the most compelling stylistic themes of the LandCruiser FJ40 - renowned as a rugged, dependable vehicle that could travel to, and return from, any extreme environment.

Its FJ-inspired features include angular lines, round headlights set either side of a wide, mesh grille, an upright windscreen with three wiper blades, a white roof and wrap-around rear corner windows.

Rather than being a simple restatement of the original, FJ Cruiser offers a completely contemporary and fresh interpretation.

Toyota has provided easy entry to the second row of seats by incorporating rear-opening access doors, while retaining the two-door appeal of the original FJ.

Using clever design, the B-pillars are built into the access doors and support the upper and lower front seatbelt anchorages.

FJ Cruiser is powered by a 200kW, 380Nm 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine with five-speed automatic transmission, part-time 4x4, an electrically activated rear differential lock and switchable Active Traction Control technology to maximise off-road climbing ability.

It features impressive road clearance - a 36-degree approach angle, 31-degree departure angle and 29-degree break-over angle. The latter two dimensions are the best for any vehicle in Toyota's local 4WD range.

Local testing has resulted in unique calibration of the heavy-duty all-coil suspension and power steering to suit Australian conditions, plus the fitment of 17-inch alloy wheels and 70-profile tyres.

Australia's course-chip road surfaces prompted improvements to FJ Cruiser's NVH that have now been adopted globally.

Local testing also resulted in the addition of grab handles on the back of the driver and front-passenger seats to improve comfort for rear-seat passengers.

Safety is a priority with six airbags, vehicle stability control, anti-skid brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution, active front-seat head restraints and a reversing camera with the display located in the electro-chromatic rear-view mirror.

Other features include 17-inch alloy wheels (including the spare), rear fog lamps, privacy glass, rear parking sonars, cruise control, air-conditioning, a premium steering wheel with audio controls, multi-information display, eight-speaker audio system with a CD stacker and central locking.

The FJ Cruiser cabin was designed specifically for basic functionality and flexible utility - an instrument panel with horizontal beams, the cluster of three dials on top of the dashboard, flexible seating and a body-coloured stamped faceplate with round instrumentation.

Large door handles, ventilation controls and shift levers can be operated while wearing gloves.

The eight-speaker audio includes a world-first in which the ceiling headliner is an integral part of the speaker system, showering the occupants with sound.

The system also features a USB port for iPod™ connectivity, 3.5mm input jack for other MP3 players, six-stack CD player and Bluetooth™ for mobile phone hands free and audio streaming.

Nine exterior colours will be offered, including the hero colours Voodoo Blue and Hornet Yellow - all with a white roof.

Combined cycle fuel economy is 11.4 litres/100km* - a theoretical range of more than 630km from the 72-litre fuel tank.

FJ Cruiser has a recommended retail price of $44,990**. Metallic paint is $400 extra.

* Fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR 81/02.

** Manufacturer's list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.

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