2013 SEMA Show: 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition

Article by Christian A., on November 7, 2013

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.

Press Release

Happy Trails, FJ Cruiser

It's finally here...and then it's gone. Toyota today unveiled the 2014 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Ultimate Edition at a press conference held at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

The 2014 Trail Teams Ultimate Edition is a commemorative final special edition of the FJ Cruiser. It is the toughest and most capable FJ ever and pays tribute to the iconic vehicle that will end its production run at the conclusion of the 2014 model year. With limited production, only 2,500 will be built.

The FJ Ultimate Edition pays tribute to the iconic Land Cruiser FJ40 of the 1960's, from which the FJ Cruiser draws its rugged DNA, inspiration and design. A unique white painted front grille surround and newly developed "Heritage Blue" paint are reminiscent of the classic FJ40.

Designed and built for rugged off-roading, the Ultimate Edition raises the bar one more time for off-road capability with all new performance upgrades. A race-inspired Toyota Racing Development (TRD) off-road suspension was developed and meticulously tuned for the Ultimate Edition. The new suspension includes TRD Bilstein race shocks with increased damping, articulation and high speed stability. The front shock assemblies are 66mm with new TRD race coil springs, which raise the front of the FJ just enough to level out the stance and improve the approach angle. The rear shocks are 50mm and are equipped with remote reservoirs to decrease damping fade.

The list of new TRD goodies doesn't stop there. A newly developed TRD front skid plate, made from one-quarter-inch thick aluminum plate comes standard on the Ultimate Edition. The TRD stamped front skid plate not only looks great, but improves approach angle and provides an increased level of underbody protection. TRD 16-inch bead lock wheels with BF Goodrich A/T KO tires, rock rails and roof rack complete the exterior.

The Ultimate Edition FJ Cruiser is only available in 4x4 and comes standard with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Crawl Control (CRAWL available with automatic transmission only), Vehicle Skid Control (VSC) with off switch and electronically controlled locking rear differential. In addition, the Toyota Star Safety System is standard.

Farewell to an Icon
Chiseled from nearly a half-century tradition of tough off-road performance provided by the legendary FJ40, the original 4Runner, and 4x4 compact pickups, the FJ Cruiser was developed as a basic, capable and affordable off-roader aimed specifically at serious off-roaders looking to push the limits. Hailed by consumers and critics alike, the FJ Cruiser became an instant classic.

The final model year 2014 FJ Cruiser is on sale now. The Trail Teams Ultimate Edition is scheduled to roll into dealerships in February 2014, kicking off a fond farewell to a Toyota original.

With sales of more than 200,000 units sold since 2006, the FJ rides into the sunset leaving lasting memories of one of the most iconic vehicles in Toyota's rich SUV history.


Performance and Exterior Features

Unique white front grille surround and exclusive Monotone "Heritage Blue" paint
Blacked out bumpers, exterior mirrors and door handles
All-new TRD heavy duty one-quarter-inch thick aluminum front skid plate
Sew Specially-developed off-road tuned TRD Bilstein front suspension and rear Bilstein shocks with remote reservoir
Exterior FJ Trail Teams Badge
Roof rack
Rock rails
TRD 16-inch Gunmetal bead lock wheels with BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires
Rear wiper

Interior Convenience Features

Stainless steel FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition dash plaque
Power outside mirrors with illuminated markers
Privacy glass on rear side, quarter and rear door windows
Cruise Control
Leather-trimmed steering wheel
Floating-ball Multi-information Display with inclinometer, Compass and outside temperature
Remote keyless entry system
Auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated backup camera display
One 115V/400W AC power outlet

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