Inspired by the original FJ40 originally produced in the 60s, Land Cruiser’s modern take on this classic, the FJ Cruiser, has been a surprise hit on the local SUV sales chart – the ‘retro bruiser’ averaging more than 70 units a month.
Toyota's General Manager of Marketing Communications, Kerry Roodt, concedes that the classic lines of the FJ Cruiser were crucial to its initial success, but one cannot forget that it is still a Land Cruiser: “The FJ has the crucial Land Cruiser DNA, which means that it can travel to, and return from, the most extreme environments.
It features impressive ground clearance (245 mm) – a 34-degree approach angle, 31-degree departure angle and 29-degree break-over angle. The latter two dimensions are the best for any vehicle in its class.
“Now with the addition of several hardcore off-road enhancements the latest version of the FJ Cruiser is invincible."
The most recent updates for the 2013 FJ Cruiser include:
The FJ Cruiser ticks all the right boxes when it comes to standard kit: Electric windows all round, a leather covered steering wheel with remote audio and Bluetooth controls, integrated audio/CD sound system with 6 speakers and iPod connector, external audio and USB connectors, a powerful air conditioning system, extra power socket, and cruise control. Worthy of special mention is the unique roof lining, which acts as a speaker membrane, thereby offering a truly immersive audio experience. The FJ also boasts Toyota’s rear monitor system, which integrates a rear facing video camera, electro chromatic interior rear view mirror and video screen integrated into the rear mirror to offer ease of reversing on all models.
As before, the revised FJ Cruiser is available in two versions – Standard and Sports Cruiser, the latter is distinguished by its Raven Black paint scheme, extra chrome detailing, which includes chrome trim on the high mounted air intake, FJ-styled door scuff plates, full wheel cover on the back door and leather seat trim. Further chrome highlights are visible on the door handles, side mirrors, bumpers and radiator trim. A set of Sport-badges rounds off the package.
Both models are powered by a 200 kW, 380 Nm 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine with five-speed automatic transmission, part-time 4x4, an electrically activated rear differential lock and switchable Active Traction Control technology to maximise off-road climbing ability.
|FJ Cruiser 4.0 V6 4x4 AT||R462 200|
|FJ Cruiser 4.0 V6 4x4 Sports Cruiser AT||R485 200|
All versions of the FJ Cruiser come with a 5-year/ 90 000 km service plan and a 3-year / 100 000 km warranty. These models are also supported by the ToyotaCare Roadside Assistance Programme and entitles customers to 24-hour roadside assistance, ensuring ultimate peace-of-mind motoring.