Now it is Australia's turn with the FJ Cruiser going on sale from a sharp $44,990 plus ORCs. There is only one model, with a V6 engine, part-time 4WD, five speed automatic and a choice of nine colours. The running gear of the FJ Cruiser is from the superseded Toyota Prado. The FJ Cruiser pays homage to several of the most compelling stylistic themes of the LandCruiser FJ40 - renowned as a rugged, dependable vehicle. Its FJ-inspired features include angular lines, round headlights set either side of a wide, mesh grille, an upright windscreen with three wiper blades, a white roof and wrap-around rear corner windows. Rather than being a simple restatement of the original, FJ Cruiser offers a completely contemporary and fresh interpretation. Toyota has provided easy entry to the second row of seats by incorporating rear-opening access doors, while retaining the two-door appeal of the original FJ. Using clever design, the B-pillars are built into the access doors and support the upper and lower front seatbelt anchorages.
FJ Cruiser is powered by a 200kW, 380Nm 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine with five-speed automatic transmission, part-time 4x4, an electrically activated rear differential lock and switchable Active Traction Control technology to maximise off-road climbing ability. It features impressive road clearance - a 36-degree approach angle, 31-degree departure angle and 29-degree break-over angle. The latter two dimensions are the best for any vehicle in Toyota's local 4WD range. Local testing has resulted in unique calibration of the heavy-duty all-coil suspension and power steering to suit Australian conditions, plus the fitment of 17-inch alloy wheels and 70-profile tyres. Safety is a priority with six airbags, vehicle stability control, anti-skid brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution, active front-seat head restraints and a reversing camera with the display located in the electro-chromatic rear-view mirror. Other features include 17-inch alloy wheels (including the spare), rear fog lamps, privacy glass, rear parking sonars, cruise control, air-conditioning, a premium steering wheel with audio controls, multi-information display, eight-speaker audio system with a CD stacker and central locking.