2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser continues off-road heritage

Article by Anita Panait, on September 18, 2013

The Toyota FJ Cruiser continues to provide a good mix of off-road heritage, capability and design for the 2014 model year. On and off the road, the FJ Cruiser is an ideal vehicle for a number of driving conditions. The 2014 FJ Cruiser derives its styling cues from Toyota’s FJ40 4x4 utility vehicle, which was marketed in the United States from 1960 to 1983.

The 2014 FJ Cruiser features a front grille donning two round, five-inch headlights – a cue from the FJ40’s frontal styling. Other design cues derived from the FJ40 includes the hood and fender contours and a rear-mounted and exposed full-size spare tire with an off-center license plate mount. Toyota designed the FJ Cruiser for optimized functionality.

For instance, its side access doors can open 90 degrees for easy rear-seat entry and exit. Toyota also incorporated a swing-up glass hatch into the side-hinged tailgate for accommodating longer items. The FJ Cruiser’s angular wheel arches can be opened to provide maximum clearance for the vehicle’s large 32-inch tires at full suspension deflection.

To prevent damage during trail driving and from opening doors of adjacent parked vehicles, Toyota edged the arches with flexible fender flares. The FJ Cruiser’s elevated air intake and protected electrical components allow it to wade on waters up to 28 inches deep.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is powered by a DOHC 4.0-liter V6 engine that boasts of dual independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, (variable phasing for both the intake and exhaust cams). The engine could provide up to 260 hp of output and 271 lb.-ft. of peak torque. More importantly, the 2014 FJ Cruiser complies with the stringent LEV II/Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions certification. Toyota is planning to release a special edition Trail Teams Package FJ Cruiser early 2014, with details to be unveiled at a later date.

Topics: toyota, suv

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