Concept to Production
It only took Toyota a few years to turn its FJ Cruiser concept into a production vehicle, and the 2007 model introduced at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show appears to have retained many of the features of the concept.
The FJ Cruiser was a joint project by Toyota Motor Corporation and Calty Design Research, which also worked to develop the concept Cruiser.
Low Pricing Promised
Toyota says that the FJ Cruiser will be available at a "very low price." That, and its sporty styling, make Toyota confident that the new SUV will appeal to large numbers of younger drivers.
So What's the FJ Cruiser All About?
The FJ Cruiser has a 4.0-liter V6 engine, generating 245 horsepower and 282 lb-ft. of torque. There's a five-speed automatic transmission on both the 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. A six-speed manual transmission is available on 4x4 models.
- Seats five-passengers
- Sits on a modified 4Runner platform
- 17-inch steel wheels
- Four-wheel disc brakes
- Star Safety System which includes Vehicle Stability Control and traction control, an anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist as standard
- All 4x2 models have an automatic limited slip differential