Toyota’s Considering Building An FJ Cruiser Replacement

Toyota disappointed its most hard-core off-roading fans and customers when it pulled the FJ Cruiser in 2014, and ceased production altogether last year. But it could introduce a new model to take its place in the near future.

“There’s room for an authentic small off-road SUV,” Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz told Motor Trend at the Detroit Auto Show this week. “Everyone moved out of that segment because of truck CAFE ratings. But we’re getting a lot of requests from folks who want another FJ or some variant.”

The automotive giant has recently showcased two concepts for just such a vehicle in the forms of the FT-4X in New York and the FT-AC (pictured) in Los Angeles. Those appeared more as design studies than pre-production models, but with the demand evidently there, it could put one into production – if it can meet restricting regulations.

“There is room on the lower end, in terms of price or authenticity, for an off-road, frame-based SUV,” said Lentz. “This would be for people going outdoors, but truly going offroad. This would not be all-wheel-drive for safety, this would be four-wheel-drive with ground clearance.”

The new model would slot in under the 4Runner and alongside the RAV4 crossover, but with an entirely different approach – closer to that of the Jeep Wrangler.

“The difference is in wheel travel, and you can only do that with frame-based,” Lentz said. “This could be FJ sized, but for an enthusiast, it’s gotta be something with a small wheelbase to be more maneuverable when in the rocks.”

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  • no25

    I liked the old FJ. I mean the interior was way too old school for the time, but that’s something they need to improve for the replacement. In my opinion, they should transform the next Land Cruiser to the classic old styled Land Cruiser/FJ it was. This way they won’t have two large SUVs (Sequoia and Land Cruiser). Thus, the Sequoia would take over the full size SUV market solely (I know people think the Sequoia will be cancelled, but if you remember the article posted a few months ago from a Toyota rep saying theyre working on a next 4Runner and Sequoia and Tundra – it may still live on). We’ll see, but I think Toyota SUVs are great and they need the FJ back.

  • Bash

    Please Toyota bring it back with more modern styling.

  • Honda NSX-R

    That would be great.

  • Dude

    Better just build hybrid prado… the hybrid wrangler is coming and when it is already there, the only 2.8d 177HP prado will be wiped out of european market. Adapt

  • Dennis Scipio

    I was never a fan of the old FJ Cruiser but there’s always room for Improvement.

    • SteersUright

      Agreed. Loved the idea and then I saw it and was like, ok a Jeep Wrangler for my little sister. Way too cute looking. In fact, from most I’ve talked to, even girls love the tough look of Wranglers too now. Wranglers success should be a point to consider for Toyota.

  • Mark S

    Get it done with a production version of that integrated bike rack and I will be in line.

  • TheBelltower

    Do it!

  • SteersUright

    LOVE it! Please do it Toyota!! BUT, this time please make it less cute and more off-road-mean-truck like, something akin to a Wrangler or Raptor product. The very last one looked waaaay to cutesy for me and the slim window openings was a travesty in something you NEED to see very well out of in order to place it well off road. Lastly, give it a nice interior this time please, the last one was way to Toys-R-us rather than for real adults. It looked like brittle plastic everywhere and goofy shapes rather than any degree of utility and nice design.

  • Nedlands

    Where do I sign. Will need a bigger garage to park it next to the 2013 and 1978 FJ’s

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