Toyota has disclosed plans to terminate production of the FJ Cruiser in August.
Citing poor sales, Toyota phased out the FJ Cruiser in the United States after the 2014 model year with a limited-run Trail Teams Edition. However, the model is still available today in select markets, including Australia and at home in Japan where it’s being manufactured. You’ll need to grab it while you still can, as Toyota will discontinue the retro-flavored SUV this August after a 10-year lifecycle.
Ever since it came out back in 2006, the FJ Cruiser has been sold exclusively with a 4.0-liter V6 gasoline engine which was upgraded throughout the years. In the current Australian version, the unit delivers 201 kilowatts (270 horsepower) and 380 newton-meters (280 pound-feet) sent to a 4WD setup via a five-speed automatic transmission. Toyota also sold the model with a six-speed manual gearbox in select markets and there was also a cheaper 2WD version.
A peculiar-looking SUV but special nonetheless, the FJ Cruiser is based on a shorter version of the Land Cruiser Prado platform and weighs 4,680 pounds (2,123 kilograms) in 4WD, automatic guise. With real off-road credentials, suicide doors, and unique styling, the FJ Cruiser remains an interesting car. However, since sales have been winding down, Toyota is getting ready to sunset the model.
Source: Toyota via motoring.com.au