Toyota FJ Cruiser to launch in Australia next year

Toyota FJ Cruiser to launch in Australia next year

Toyota Australia announced yesterday that it will be adding the retro-styled FJ Cruiser SUV to its model range in the first quarter of 2011. Australian buyers will first see the domestic market version with a pre-production model on display at the Sydney International Motor Show scheduled for October 15.

The FJ Cruiser shares a platform with the Toyota Prado, and utilizes the same independent front and solid-axle rear suspension as the Prado. Bodywork is entirely different though with the FJ Cruiser designed to mimic the classic FJ40 Landcruiser.

“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,” he added.

While Toyota has not confirmed technical details, 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 sporty off-roader (and also in the local Prado). However, being based on the Prado means a diesel option is likely for Australia.

To date the FJ Cruiser was only offered in left-hand drive form, but the addition of a right-hand drive variant will allow Toyota to tap into new markets, possibly including New Zealand.

Stay tuned for updates.

Toyota Australia announced yesterday that it will be adding the retro-styled FJ Cruiser SUV to its model range in the first quarter of 2011. Australian buyers will first see the domestic market version with a pre-production model on display at the Sydney International Motor Show scheduled for October 15.

The FJ Cruiser shares a platform with the Toyota Prado, and utilizes the same independent front and solid-axle rear suspension as the Prado. Bodywork is entirely different though with the FJ Cruiser designed to mimic the classic FJ40 Landcruiser.

“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,” he added.

While Toyota has not confirmed technical details, 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 sporty off-roader (and also in the local Prado). However, being based on the Prado means a diesel option is likely for Australia.

To date the FJ Cruiser was only offered in left-hand drive form, but the addition of a right-hand drive variant will allow Toyota to tap into new markets, possibly including New Zealand.

Stay tuned for updates.

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