Toyota is known for manufacturing some iconic rugged SUVs and the FJ Cruiser is certainly one such product. But it has lived under the shadows of some other off-roading machines from the Japanese carmaker for a long time.
In a rather surprising development, a Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV was recently spotted on Indian roads. This SUV can be seen as the reincarnation of the FJ40 and is a brain child of Toyota’s product planner Dave Danzer and vice-president of sales and operations Yoshi Inaba. The FJ Cruiser came into existence in 2006 as a retro-themed mid-size SUV with off-roading capabilities. It became an instant success and people bought for its affordability and off-roading prowess. However, as the competition in the mid-size SUV segment increased over time, the production of the FJ Cruiser was halted in 2018 in the home market. Eventually, it was even discontinued in the middle-east by the end of the last year. Nevertheless, we take a look at the details of this unicorn spotted in India.
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Toyota FJ Cruiser
These images have been posted by crazy.india on Instagram. The cherry red SUV has a white roof imposing the dual-tone effect. At the front, the SUV has a high bonnet with a contour at the front, retro-themed round headlamps with integrated LED DRLs encapsulated in a silver grille element, turn indicators on either side of the headlamps, sturdy skid plate underneath the bumper and silver finish around the fog lamps.
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On the sides, one is greeted by Rolls Royce-styled suicide doors, black B pillars, muscular wheel arches, silver/white alloy wheels with high-profile tyres for off-roading adventures, and black side body skirting. The tail section is complete with a tailgate-mounted spare tyre, compact taillamps extending to the sides of the rear profile, horizontally positioned reflector lamps on the bumper and a rugged bumper. All in all, it perfectly captures the essence of a retro mid-size off-roading SUV.
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The first iteration of the Toyota FJ Cruiser used to come powered by a massive 4.0-litre 1GR-FE DOHC V6 engine with VVT-i technology that produced 239 hp and 377 Nm of peak power and torque. These figures saw slight changes with the subsequent models. Being a proper SUV, it came with a full-time 4WD system allowing it to conquer all sorts of terrains.