February 10, 2005
Chicago Auto Show
Toyota unveils new FJ Cruiser SUV
Chicago, Illinois – Toyota unveiled the all-new FJ Cruiser sport utility vehicle (SUV) at a press conference Wednesday at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show. A 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 line-up 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.
The FJ Cruiser 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-litre V6 engine, generating 245 horsepower and 282 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission on both 4×2 and 4×4 configurations and an available six-speed manual on 4×4 models.
The five-passenger FJ Cruiser rides on a modified 4Runner platform and features 17-inch steel wheels and four-wheel disc brakes.
“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.