The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition will mark the end of this distinctly styled off-roader. Toyota has finally confirmed reports that came out early this year about the impending demise of the Toyota FJ Cruiser. This 2014 will be the last model year of the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Toyota unveiled the FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.
In 2006, the Toyota FJ Cruiser was introduced as a homage to the classic Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser from the 1960s. The automaker said that over 200,000 FJ Cruisers were sold in the last seven years. However, its sales have significantly dropped. In 2012, just 13,656 were sold.
The FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition will only have 2,500 copies. This special version of the 2014 FJ Cruiser is built for off-roading with a variety of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) parts that include an off-road suspension, Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs, a beefier front skid plate, and 16-inch simulated beadlock wheels with off-road BF Goodrich tires.
Among the changes to the exterior are some rock rails and a roof rack. There’s also a special FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition stainless steel plaque on the dash. The standard 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser is already on sale and is priced from $27,990. So far, there’s no official announcement yet on the price of the FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition. However, it’s scheduled to arrive at dealerships in February 2014.
Unveiled as a concept at the 2003 Chicago Auto Show, the Toyota FJ Cruiser (FJC) is a retro-styled compact sports utility vehicle with its final production guise unwrapped at the North American International Auto Show.
Sold in early 2006 for the 2007 model year, the FJ Cruiser has a number of design cues – including its front fascia and wraparound rear windows -- that pay tribute to the FJ-series Land Cruisers of the 1960s. Underpinned by the platform that also underpins the Toyota Hi-Lux, 4Runner and Land Cruiser Prado, the FJ Cruiser is only available in North America. Although Toyota hadn’t intended the FJ Cruiser for production, overwhelming response for the concept after the North American International Auto Show has prompted Toyota to commence its production.
With a starting price of between US$21,000 and US$23,000, the FJ Cruiser directly rivals the Hummer H3, Jeep Wrangler and Nissan Xterra.
In terms of dimensions, the FJ Cruiser measures 183.9 inches in length, allowing it to be slotted between the smaller RAV4 (181.1 inches in overall length) and the mid-size Highlander (184.6 inches in overall length). At this length, the FJ Cruiser is considered as the longest compact SUV offered in North America. The FJ Cruiser is the only current Toyota vehicle to have the name TOYOTA spelled out across the grille, thereby paying tribute to the classic FJ40.
Its arrival means that Toyota now has six SUVs – two for each category -- in its lineup for America: RAV4 and FJ Cruiser (compact SUVs), Highlander and 4Runner (mid-size SUVs), as well as the Sequoia and Land Cruiser (full-size SUVs). Interestingly, Toyota offers two SUV models for each category – one is designed primarily for use on the road while the other is developed to offer off-road capabilities.