Sunday, December 1, 2013

Toyota FJ Cruiser (2006-14)

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a retro style 2+2 door, front engine, rear-wheel drive/ four-wheel drive SUV with styling and off road performance reminiscent of the original Toyota FJ40 Land Cruisers. Powered by a 4.0-liter 1GR-FE DOHC V6. For the 2007 to 2009 model years, the engine came with single variable valve timing (VVT-i) which produces 237 hp. For the 2010 model year, the FJ Cruiser's engine gained Dual VVT-i technology which adjusts timing on both intake and exhaust camshafts resulting in 260 hp.

2014 Trail Teams Ultimate Edition

From 2008, the Trail Teams Limited Special Edition comes in one distinct colour each year and is the only FJ variant (besides the 2007 TRD Special Edition units) offered in a monotone colour scheme instead of with the traditional white roof (see videos below). These are also the only FJ models to have trim pieces blacked out from the factory such as the mirrors, door handles, bumper caps, etc. Special design details carry over to the interior such as color matched fabric inserts on the seats and Trail Teams special badges. 

Model Year / Colour
2008 Iceberg (3,200 units made)
2009 N/A
2010 Sandstorm (1,500 units made)
2011 Army Green (2,500 units made)
2012 Radiant Red (2,500 units made)
2013 Cement Gray (2,500 units made)
2014 Heritage Blue (2,500 units made)

Toyota announced the 2014 model year Trail Teams edition would be called the "Ultimate Edition" and that the 2014 model year would be the last for the FJ Cruiser. The Ultimate Edition FJ Cruiser will be offered in the Heritage Blue paint scheme and will feature a white-painted grille bezel while the rest of the vehicle trim remains black like the normal Trail Teams Special Edition FJ Cruisers. While all of the Trail Teams FJ Cruisers feature a race-inspired TRD/Trail Teams off road suspension designed by Bilstein, the Ultimate Edition will feature a new remote reservoir suspension. The new suspension will come slightly taller than stock with a leveled stance. Also, the new edition will come equipped with a special aluminum TRD skid plate, designed to help with the approach angle for the front of the vehicle. (wikipedia)

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2012 TRD Toyota FJ-S Cruiser Concept

The FJ-S Cruiser Concept, debuted at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas, NV, is the creation of Toyota and Toyota Racing Development (TRD) in an effort to create a new style of FJ Cruiser that from its looks, remains fairly similar, but is designed to be even more off-road ready than its standard FJ Cruiser counterparts. The FJ-S Cruiser Concept actually incorporates suspension components from the Baja Series Tacoma and has an upgraded chassis and body structure with the addition of an underbody "exoskeleton" to improve its off-road prowess. The extra stiffness and strength provided by the exoskeleton creates a more suitable platform for the suspension modifications and wheel upgrades added, which include 60-mm Bilstein racing shocks up front and 50-mm Bilstein racing shocks with remote reservoirs in the rear which produce around 1.3" of lift over stock. Also, the FJ-S features all new TRD 17-inch beadlock-style wheels in a Midnight Black finish along with BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tires. TRD also added their new supercharger with a Twin Vortex System and a large air-to-water intercooler, which brings the engine output to 345 hp and 345 lb/ft of torque, which is 30% and 25% of increase over the standard FJ Cruiser model. The exterior of the FJ-S Cruiser Concept received other changes/upgrades including a front nudge bar and the rock rails used on other FJ Cruiser variants. The color for this model is the Quicksand color, but unlike other FJ Trail Teams variants, they kept the white roof as opposed to doing a monochromatic color scheme. The interior of the FJ-S debuted an all-new two-tone leather seating with the FJ-S logos on the seatbacks along with custom floor mats. (wikipedia)

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