The radical looking Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV will go on sale across the ditch in 2011
Toyota Australia announced yesterday that it will be adding the FJ Cruiser SUV to its model range.
Punters will get their first glimpse of the retro-styled model at the Sydney International Motor Show on October 15.
The FJ Cruiser shares a platform with the Toyota Prado, utilising the same independent front and solid-axle rear suspension.
The body of the FJ Cruiser is designed to mimic the classic FJ40 Landcruiser. Features include a white roof, round headlamps and rear-hinged back doors unique to the new model.
“FJ Cruiser has loads of character that isn’t found in any other SUV, let alone one that is built for off-road terrain,” said Toyota Australia’s senior executive director sales and marketing, David Buttner. “It will be a lot of fun to own and drive, satisfying those who want a modern vehicle with the boulder-crawling spirit of Toyota’s legendary off-roaders.”
The FJ Cruiser is expected to be powered by the same 178kW 4.0 litre 1GR-FE petrol V6 that’s used in the US version of the off-roader, and also in the Prado. A diesel option is likely for Australia.
The addition of a right-hand drive variant will allow Toyota to tap into new markets, possibly New Zealand... we'll keep you updated.