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Old 02-09-2005, 09:29 AM
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CHICAGO, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 concept.
"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. The Toyota FJ Cruiser will reach Toyota dealerships in early 2006.

TOYOTA FJ CRUISER VEHICLE PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

POWERTRAIN

4.0 Liter V6 - 245 hp /282 torque

5-speed automatic
Available 6-speed manual in 4x4

DIMENSIONS (inches)

Overall Length: 177.6

Overall Width: 74.6

Overall Height: 70.9

Wheelbase: 105.9

Ground Clearance: 9.6

Wheels: 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

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Old 02-09-2005, 09:32 AM
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SUPRISINGLY, I really like it but for some odd reason I keep thinking of HOTWHEELS or TONKA toys every time I look at it
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Old 02-09-2005, 09:37 AM
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heh, pretty damn awesome concept going straight into production.

4.0 GR series engine with 245hp and some 280 lbs of torque, 5 speed auto standard on both 2wd and 4wd options, plus 6 speed manual optional on 4wd...

Freakin awesome that you will be buy something like this from Toyota.. bland huh? heh.

As to ground clearance, I doubt you can judge it properly with pics, it wont be smaller than 4Runners for sure and there will be an TRD off road package of course...

As to the heritage, no offense... But Toyota started with FJ, and their 4x4's have huge following around the world... Various versions of Land Cruisers have gathered hundreds upon hundreds of best 4x4 awards around the world.

It seems they set an lower sales goals that are easy to obtain for an niche vehicle... Problem with retro cars like Thunderbird, PT Cruiser was that it was either unusable or they simply wanted too much sales (PT).

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Old 02-09-2005, 09:55 AM
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ground clearance is 9.6 inches which is bigger than 4runner's by 0.5/0.7 inches, and of course off-road package will make it larger if you really need it.

Car itself is not that big, it should be lighter than 4runner with 4" smaller wheelbase and some 10"+ less lenght...

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Old 02-09-2005, 10:01 AM
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Now the real question/discussion starts...how much $$$$?
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Old 02-09-2005, 10:09 AM
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its just so odd, its not so retro, but i dont know how well the package would carry in the market, if its cheap
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Old 02-09-2005, 11:48 AM
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This will definitively eat into Wrangler territory!

I liked the original FJ, and as this production version is virtually identical to the concept it is not much of my liking.

However, you have to give Toyota credit for launching this.

40K per year... for sure they'll hit that volume!

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Old 02-09-2005, 01:39 PM
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I dont see this as being a hit. I would actually be embarrassed to drive this. I didnt think they would make it so similar to the concept
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Old 02-09-2005, 01:41 PM
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its so silly looking, like a scion that snuck into the truck assembly; reminds me of the end of half life 2
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Old 02-09-2005, 01:48 PM
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Wow, that truck is hideous........... The competition must be laughing their heads off.....
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