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History of the Toyota FJ Cruiser

The following historical data of the Toyota FJ Cruiser, manufactured by Toyota, were retrieved from many sources.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a retro-style SUV produced by Toyota. It went on sale in early 2006 as a 2007 model and features styling reminiscent of the original Toyota FJ40 Land Cruisers form the 1960s and is based on the Land Cruiser Prado platform. The FJ Cruiser was not originally intended for production but due to enormous consumer response about the car following the North American International Auto Show, production eventually began in early 2006. The Toyota FJ Cruiser is built by Hino Motors in Hamura, Japan.

The FJ Cruiser is Toyota’s only current vehicle to use the name Toyota spelled out across the grille instead of the corporate emblem, a nod to the classic FJ40 and Land Cruiser family and to older Toyotas before the introduction of the Toyota emblem in 1990 for the 1991 model year.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser uses the 4.0L V6 with VVT-i engine. It is the same engine that is used in some versions of the Tacoma and 4Runner. For the 2010 model year the FJ Cruiser’s engine gains Dual VVT-i resulting in an additional 19 hp and improved fuel economy.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser uses a high-mounted, double wishbone front suspension and stabilizer bar, and a 4-link rear suspension with lateral rod, coil springs, and stabilizer bar. The 120-series Land Cruiser Prado shares the same suspension parts as the FJ Cruiser. The FJ Cruiser uses power-assisted 4-piston front/2-piston rear ventilated disc brakes with ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and is also equipped with Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control.

The FJ’s body features rear access doors that give a unique look to the SUV. The FJ captures its heritage with its short wheel base, stocky frame, and grille/headlight arrangement. The windshield is nearly vertical with three windshield wipers for maximum surface area coverage. Structurally, it is a “body on frame” truck style design based on the Hilux platform. Toyota has made revisions to the engine bay inner fender aprons due to some bulging and cracking issues with 2007 and some early 2008 models.

Toyota Racing Development also produced a limited-production TRD Special Edition FJ Cruiser, which includes such things as a TRD performance exhaust, TRD air filter, upgraded suspension components, rock rails, and TRD badges. The TRD Special Edition is available only in an all-black paint scheme, and includes a black roof, as well as 16-inch gun-metal gray finish wheels, including the spare.

[Source: Wikipedia and Toyota]



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