Toyota’s retro-inspired off-roader, the FJ Cruiser, will be sent into the sunset, as its production will to cease this August, following a decade-long run.
The announcement is official and it comes almost three years after it was phased out in the United States, with the limited-run Trail Teams Ultimate Edition, due to poor sales.
“The FJ rides into the sunset as a vehicle renowned for its ability to traverse rugged outback trails while offering plenty of utility for all types of activities and being equally well-suited for everyday driving. It will leave lasting memories as one of the most iconic vehicles in Toyota’s rich SUV history, helping to bring renewed energy to the Toyota brand“, said Toyota Australia’s Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, Tony Cramb.
Based on a shortened version of the Land Cruiser Prado platform, the Toyota FJ Cruiser was first seen in concept form at the 2003 NAIAS, only to debut in production guise two years later, at the same event.
On the Australian market, where it will be kept for three more months, it has a starting price of $46,990 AUD ($34,618 USD) and power comes solely from a 4.0-liter V6 petrol engine, producing 272 PS (268 HP) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque, connected to a five-speed automatic transmission.