2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser Final Edition: A bitter sweet farewell

Article by Christian A., on September 16, 2017

While the FJ Cruiser was no longer sold in the US since 2014 with the Trails Teams Edition being its final model, Toyota has now decided to terminate its production altogether. But before the FJ Cruiser takes its final bow, Toyota will first produce the stylish SUV’s Final Edition which is to be offered exclusively in Japan. If you still don’t have it, now is your last chance.

A little over ten years since the FJ Cruiser first came to the US, the SUV will be exclusively sold to its home market as the Final Edition. In other words, you won’t find a single copy of this in the US or anywhere else which makes it even more special. The FJ was available in America from 2007 up to 2014 only. While the Japan-spec has been around for as long as we can remember, the last batch for production will be featuring a special set of 20- inch alloy wheels, a model-exclusive side steps, a redesigned rear bumper with flog lights and a fender mounted left view mirror.

The FJ Cruiser Final Edition, which will only come in all- beige color both at the exterior and the interior will have some few black accents to spice things up a bit. At the same time, the retro-inspired SUV has been enhanced inside and out for a distinctively modern touch. However, some things stayed the same. Like for example, under the hood comes the 4.0-liter V6 gas engine mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to both the SUV’s front and rear wheels. Everything about the exterior still feels very retro, judging by the color and the shape of the vehicle. We could go on by saying there’s nothing quite so modern about its interior too. But changing it entirely will take away the whole essence of the FJ Cruiser.

Anyway, it seems that Toyota isn’t sure yet about how many FJ Cruiser Final Editions will hit the assembly line but it is looking to sell at least 200 examples of the SUV per month. Also, fans of Toyota’s off-road SUV need not be sad about no longer seeing anything like it. Just this year, Toyota has introduced the FT-4X concept at the NYAS which could be representing the FJ Cruiser’s direct descendant. Yet so far, there really is nothing else down the line except for this last and Final Edition FJ Cruiser.

Toyota has also brought the updated 2018 Land Cruiser at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the smaller version of the Land Cruiser SUV, also known as Prado in other countries, along with the Toyota Hilux Invincible 50, a special pickup to commemorate Toyota Hilux’s fifty years.

Source: Toyota

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