Toyota FJ Cruiser Press Release & Specifications
Toyota Moves Forward With Unveiling of All-New FJ Cruiser Sport Utility
Vehicle at Chicago Auto Show -
Toyota unveiled the all-new FJ Cruiser sport utility vehicle (SUV) at a
press conference today at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show. The overwhelmingly
positive response to the FJ Cruiser concept, developed two years ago,
prompted Toyota to launch a production version of the SUV. The all-new
production model retains much of the design details of the original
"The FJ Cruiser effectively fills a gap in the Toyota lineup which was
once our core heritage - capable, affordable and durable vehicles that are
youthful, fun-to-drive, aggressive and tough," said Don Esmond, senior
vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. "The FJ Cruiser will
deliver true off-road ruggedness, image and performance at a very low
price, making it highly accessible for a large volume of young buyers."
The final production design of the FJ Cruiser was a joint project by
Toyota Motor Corporation and Calty Design Research, which developed the
original concept vehicle shown at the North American International Auto
Show in 2003. Chiseled from nearly a half-century tradition of tough
off-road performance provided by the legendary FJ 40, the original
4Runner, and 4x4 compact pickups, the FJ Cruiser was developed as a basic,
capable and affordable off-roader aimed specifically at young buyers with
active outdoor lifestyles.
The FJ Cruiser takes on an authentic functional form, yet adopts several
styling cues from the original FJ 40. Some of these cues are notable on
the front end by its wide grille with "Toyota" logo badging, round
headlights, and offset combination lamps. Additional inspiration can be
found through its upright windshield and white cap roof. Traits are also
noticeable in the rear with wrapping rear corner windows. The modern shape
of the FJ Cruiser is woven into a compact package set on a wide track,
producing enhanced stability and a powerful stance.
Utility features include a two-part rear hatch with flip-up glass, black
overfenders with mudguards, and silver painted bumper extenders, mirrors,
door handles and skid plate. Easy rear passenger entry into the two-door
SUV is achieved with rear access doors.
Power is supplied by a 4.0-liter V6 engine, generating 245 horsepower and
282 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is paired with a five-speed automatic
transmission on both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations and an available six-speed
manual on 4x4 models.
The five-passenger FJ Cruiser rides on a modified 4Runner platform and
features 17-inch steel wheels and four-wheel disc brakes. Just like all of
the SUV’s in Toyota's line-up, the FJ Cruiser will be equipped with the
Star Safety System which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and
traction control (TRAC), an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic
brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist as standard. All 4x2
models will come with a standard automatic limited slip differential (ALSD).
The tough and straightforward theme of the FJ Cruiser is extended to the
interior with a cabin designed specifically for basic functionality and
flexible utility. The instrument panel features an exterior color trim,
adding to its sophisticated, handcrafted appearance. The faceplate with
round inset instrumentation communicates a mechanical appearance. The
steering wheel and center-mounted shifter, and attached-look door panels
feature tool-like simplicity. The rear seats fold flat, creating ample
cargo space and maximum usability.
The interior will be equipped with an array of standard convenience
features including air conditioning, AM/FM CD audio with six speakers,
tilt steering wheel, four cupholders, passenger seat back pocket, and an
upper dash-mounted map/glove box.
Additional optional equipment includes 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, rear
differential lock, electronic four-wheel traction control (on 4WD models
only), running boards, rear sonar backup assist, front seat-mounted side
airbags and front- and rear-side curtain airbags, daytime running lights,
power outside mirror with image lights, cruise control, AM/FM CD audio
with a six-disc changer, equalizer and eight speakers, leather-wrapped
steering wheel with audio controls, multi-information display, exterior
color door insert panels, privacy glass, and rear wiper.
"Toyota is responding to the needs of a new generation of buyers with a
modern interpretation of a Toyota classic, combining Toyota heritage with
the safety and refinement requirements of today’s market," said Esmond.
TOYOTA FJ CRUISER VEHICLE PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
4.0 Liter V6 – 245 hp /282 torque
Available 6-speed manual in 4x4
Overall Length: 177.6
Overall Width: 74.6
Overall Height: 70.9
Ground Clearance: 9.6
Wheels / Tires:
17 inches black steel wheels w/full size spare
Available alloy wheels (5)
Tire Size: 265/70R17
Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs.
Seating Capacity: 5