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2011 FJ Cruiser Press Kit



Toyota Australia is responding to the needs of a new generation of buyers by introducing the FJ Cruiser - a modern interpretation of a Toyota classic.

FJ Cruiser brings together the off-road ruggedness and performance associated with Toyota's heritage as well as the safety and refinement demanded by today's motorists.

Toyota's fifth SUV and latest member of the LandCruiser family - to be launched in the second half of March - comes to Australia in a single grade offering a high level of specification.

Toyota Australia's senior executive director of sales and marketing David Buttner said the FJ Cruiser is a steel-and-glass statement of Toyota's commitment to great design.

"FJ Cruiser provides capable, affordable, off-road transport for younger buyers with active lifestyles," Mr Buttner said.

"It is the 'go anywhere, do anything' Toyota with the equipment and quality necessary for enjoyment as both an on-road and off-road vehicle," he said.

"Like other vehicles in Toyota's LandCruiser family, FJ Cruiser will generate widespread recognition and respect for its authentic off-road capabilities."

The FJ Cruiser pays homage to several of the most compelling stylistic themes of the LandCruiser FJ40 - renowned as a rugged, dependable vehicle that could travel to, and return from, any extreme environment.

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.

Australia's course-chip road surfaces prompted improvements to FJ Cruiser's NVH that have now been adopted globally.

Local testing also resulted in the addition of grab handles on the back of the driver and front-passenger seats to improve comfort for rear-seat passengers.

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.

The FJ Cruiser cabin was designed specifically for basic functionality and flexible utility - an instrument panel with horizontal beams, the cluster of three dials on top of the dashboard, flexible seating and a body-coloured stamped faceplate with round instrumentation.

Large door handles, ventilation controls and shift levers can be operated while wearing gloves.

The eight-speaker audio includes a world-first in which the ceiling headliner is an integral part of the speaker system, showering the occupants with sound.

The system also features a USB port for iPod™ connectivity, 3.5mm input jack for other MP3 players, six-stack CD player and Bluetooth™ for mobile phone hands free and audio streaming.

Nine exterior colours will be offered, including the hero colours Voodoo Blue and Hornet Yellow - all with a white roof.

Combined cycle fuel economy is 11.4 litres/100km* - a theoretical range of more than 630km from the 72-litre fuel tank.

FJ Cruiser has a recommended retail price of $44,990**. Metallic paint is $400 extra.

* Fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR 81/02.

** Manufacturer's list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs

For more information contact:
Mike Breen
Manager Public Relations
Tel: (02) 9710 3341
Mob: 0418 447 064

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Toyota FJ Cruiser arrives as one model grade with a high level of specification for its destined role.

It is offered as a petrol automatic with part-time 4WD and an electric rear differential lock.

FJ Cruiser's specifications include rear "access doors", heavy duty Australian-tuned suspension, transmission cooler and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Active safety features include switchable active traction control (A-TRAC), vehicle stability control (VSC), and anti-skid brakes (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

FJ Cruiser also comes with rear fog lamps, privacy glass, a reversing camera with display in the electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, and rear park assist.

Passive safety is a priority with six SRS airbags and active front-seat head restraints.

Inside, FJ Cruiser has water-repellent seat fabric and rubber-style floor covering.

It also has a premium steering wheel with audio controls, multi-information display, 6-CD player and 8-speaker audio system, manual air conditioning, 60/40 split rear seats with removable seat cushions for increased cargo space, front seat-back net pockets, fold-down front-seat inner arm rests and central locking.

Toyota will offer nine exterior colours from launch, all with a white roof.

FJ Cruiser's interior trim is dark grey fabric/PVC, with unique interior accents matching the exterior body colour.


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Toyota's FJ Cruiser has been developed as a rugged sports utility vehicle that will capture the hearts of younger buyers, according to the chief engineer, Akio Nishimura.

Mr Nishimura said it was designed to be a modern SUV with substantial off-road capability as well as practical driving performance for use as everyday transport.

He said the vehicle was named "FJ" because it inherits the DNA of the legendary FJ40 and "Cruiser" to emphasise its Toyota four-wheel-drive heritage.

"The FJ Cruiser is not just a car," Mr Nishimura said. "It represents the spirit of the company, blending history with modern design and engineering."

Mr Nishimura had four goals for FJ Cruiser:
• Modern and rugged styling,
• Sufficient space for outdoor recreational activities,
• Audio that can be "felt" with the entire body, and
• Top-level off-road performance.

The biggest challenge was to achieve practical utility that met customer expectations while maintaining the emotional aspects of the car's styling.

Some of those involved in the project had suggested tilting the A pillar, slightly increasing the height of the window glass and making the C pillar narrower.

"I was opposed to such ideas because they deviated from the aim of achieving a stylish SUV with a personal feel," he said.

To confirm good visibility, engineers test-drove a Prado with pieces of cardboard cut to the size and shape of the FJ windows. In addition, Mr Nishimura fitted a reversing camera and rear sonar as standard equipment.

Another example was the apparent conflict between the two-door or coupe design of the FJ40 and the requirement for FJ Cruiser occupants to be able to enter and leave the vehicle easily.

"We considered the options - and there was even a discussion about having a four-door FJ Cruiser; however, that would not have been in keeping with the spirit of the vehicle.

"The solution was a small modification to incorporate the rear-opening access doors. When the doors are closed, FJ Cruiser retains the coupe style sought by the designers. When the doors are open, they provide easy access."

Mr Nishimura said the cabin was focused on a driver who enjoyed recreational activities.

Flexible seating can be folded or even removed to expand cargo space and store items up to three metres long.

For FJ Cruiser's music-loving customers, Toyota developed a world first where the ceiling is an integral part of the speaker system.

"I wanted to shower the passenger with sound, such as when they visit a dance club or listen to their iPod," he said.

Mr Nishimura said he believed Toyota had successfully differentiated FJ Cruiser from its other SUVs.

"With the catch-phrase 'Go anywhere! Do anything!', FJ Cruiser has the equipment and quality necessary for enjoyment as both an on-road and off-road vehicle.

"It is the vehicle for having outdoor fun."


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The FJ40 LandCruiser became an icon among Toyota's vehicles, generating widespread recognition and respect for its authentic off-road capabilities.

More than 1.1 million were produced between 1960 and 1984.

Ever since, enthusiasm has remained within Toyota for the spirit of this rugged, go-anywhere vehicle.

In the late 1990s, Toyota in the United States encouraged design projects that might lead to the development of a new FJ.

These concepts focused on a modern vehicle that would appeal to younger drivers - even those who knew nothing about the original FJ.

Here are the key developments.

Model: FJ40
First seen: 1960
In brief: The third generation of LandCruiser
Description: Tough and functional, the original FJ was a two-door, short wheelbase, four-wheel-drive vehicle. Its exterior design has become iconic - angular lines, two round headlights set on either side of a mesh grille, an upright windscreen, wrap-around rear corner windows, fold-out rear doors and the now-familiar flat, white top. Experience in tough conditions amply illustrated the FJ40's suitability for the toughest conditions and it became a part of life in outback Australia. FJ40 established LandCruiser as the vehicle of choice for large construction projects, in mines, on cattle stations - in fact, anywhere requiring a rugged, dependable vehicle that could travel to, and return from, any extreme environment.

Model: Retro Cruiser
First seen: Chicago auto show 1999
In brief: A converted 1967 FJ40, created by Rod Millen
Description: More than a concept vehicle, it was a running prototype that combined the bodywork of an FJ40 LandCruiser from the 1960s with a contemporary LandCruiser chassis and V8 engine. It featured huge off-road tyres and a special suspension modified by Rod Millen, Toyota's Pikes Peak Hillclimb world record holder. The Retro Cruiser combined the best of the past with a decidedly racy 4x4 future. It successfully drew attention to the potential for a vehicle with FJ heritage styling cues and modern mechanical components.

Model: RSC concept (Rugged Sports Coupe)
First seen: 2001 Chicago Auto Show
In brief: Exploring possibilities for a next-generation sporty car
Description: Created and developed at CALTY, Toyota's design studio in California. AutoWeek greeted the concept with the headline: "If it's too loud, you're too old." The subhead said: "If you don't understand it, that's okay. Your kid will." The RSC combined a sporty two-plus-two car body with four-wheel-drive hardware and styling cues that result in a fresh variation on "rugged vehicle" thinking. Its interior was designed to convey the sparse, functional simplicity of a race car. The large metal faceplate with round inset instrumentation communicated precision and ruggedness. It was developed to push the hot-buttons of young buyers by combining high performance, high image and high utility with affordable pricing.

Model: Rugged Youth Utility
First seen: 2003 North American International Auto Show (Detroit)
In brief: FJ Cruiser concept
Description: Initiated and developed by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., and CALTY. It was developed as a basic, capable and affordable off-roader, exploring new possibilities for a next-generation SUV aimed specifically at young buyers with active outdoor lifestyles. A thoroughly modern vehicle, it adopted several styling cues from the original FJ - the wide and narrow grille, round headlights, upright windscreen, white roof and wrap-around rear corner windows. Utility features included spotlights on the outside mirrors, an asymmetrical front spotlight, and a front winch. The cabin was designed specifically for basic functionality and flexible utility. Like the RSC, it features a faceplate with round inset instrumentation. Front and rear seats folded completely flat.

Model: FJ Cruiser
First seen: 2005 Chicago Auto Show
In brief: Public demand leads to Toyota's latest SUV
Description: The overwhelmingly positive response to the FJ Cruiser concept prompted Toyota to launch a production version - a capable, affordable and durable vehicle that is youthful, fun-to-drive, aggressive and tough. Its low price made it highly accessible for young buyers. The production version retained many of the design details of the original concept - exterior styling cues from the original FJ40 and internal features such as the faceplate with round inset instrumentation. It is the modern interpretation of a Toyota classic, combining Toyota heritage with the safety and refinement requirements of today's market. More recently, a right-hand-drive model has been developed, enabling FJ Cruiser to be introduced to Australia.


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Toyota in 2011 is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its iconic LandCruiser.

Production began in Japan in 1951 and has now passed a total of 6.4 million, including LandCruiser wagon and military versions as well as Prado.

In Australia, sales of LandCruiser have exceeded 765,000 since being introduced in 1958.

This represents almost 12 per cent of all LandCruisers ever built, making this country the largest single market for the iconic off-roader.

A small Melbourne-based importer called B&D Motors sold the first LandCruisers, FJ25 models, in Australia.

Among the early customers was construction magnate Sir Leslie Thiess, who bought several for use on the rugged construction site trails of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme.

Impressed by the vehicle, Sir Leslie became the Queensland and later New South Wales distributor for Toyota commercial vehicles.

The original FJ25 short-wheelbase model and its FJ28 long-wheelbase variant featured a canvas hood, a 3.6-litre six-cylinder engine and a single-range four-speed transmission driving the rear wheels.

An additional lever allowed front-wheel drive to be engaged as required.

In 1962 it was superseded by the FJ40-series - the mid-wheelbase FJ43 and the long-wheelbase FJ45. These vehicles were the first to feature Toyota lettering across the radiator grille and a three-speed, dual-range transmission.

The following year saw the introduction of a military-style wagon variant.

In 1965, soft-top and hardtop FJ40 versions were introduced and powered by a 3.9-litre engine, boosting local LandCruiser sales to 150 a month.

LandCruiser's popularity grew further with the introduction in 1969 of the FJ55 wagon - the first LandCruiser designed specifically for civilian rather than military use.

In 1972, the four-speed six-cylinder HJ45 diesel-powered LandCruiser ute was introduced to appeal to rural buyers.

In 1975, new engines in the form of a 4.2-litre petrol and a 3.0-litre diesel were introduced, the diesel BJ40 providing a huge boost to rural sales.

In 1980, the FJ60 wagon and variants were introduced, including a 4.0-litre diesel.

The following year, the 100,000th LandCruiser arrived in Australia.

An entirely new generation appeared in 1985 with the 70, 73 and 75 Series models, as well as the four-cylinder petrol-engined Bundera.

In 1989, the military-style 70 Series and the 80 Series long-wheelbase wagon received a new overhead-cam 4.2-litre diesel engine and the following year the 80 Series gained full-time four-wheel drive.

Prado was introduced to Australia in 1996 with independent front suspension, a ladder frame, two-speed transfer case and a choice of two petrol engines - 2.7-litre four and 3.4-litre V6. A 3.0-litre turbocharged engine was added in 2000.

In 1998, LandCruiser celebrated the model's 40th year in Australia with the introduction of the new-generation 100 Series.

In 2002, the 100 Series received an all-new quad-cam V8 engine and five-speed transmission along with numerous further refinements.

An all-new Prado was launched in 2003 with 4.0-litre V6 and 2.7-litre petrol engines as well as an upgraded turbo-diesel.

Toyota presented its completely redesigned LandCruiser 200 Series in October at the 2007 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The vehicle went on sale locally from November of that year.

Its advanced technology includes CRAWL, which operates like an off-road cruise-control system, automatically controlling the brakes and throttle to maintain a low uniform vehicle speed.

The 200 Series, fitted with V8 petrol and diesel engines, also featured the Australian-designed Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that provides greater wheel articulation.

In 2009, the fourth-generation Prado (third in Australia) arrived with a dual VVT-i V6 petrol engine, improved turbo-diesel engine and the introduction of a 3-door model.


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A dog is a man's best friend - and that is particularly the case with Jin Won Kim, the man responsible for the exterior design of Toyota's FJ Cruiser.

While the newest Toyota to hit the Australian market pays homage to the venerable LandCruiser FJ40, Kim also drew on the powerful stance and muscular strength of his pet American pit bull.

"I was really inspired by the image of a pit bull, a dog I had when I was in high school," Kim said, citing its chunky, forward-leaning stance.

"It's not really a massive dog; it's medium size, but it has a lot of presence to it and you get really intimidated by looking at it."

Kim, based at Toyota's California design studio CALTY, said he wanted to portray the pit bull's attributes by penning a solidly built mid-size vehicle with a masculine look and a great on-road presence.

"At the same time, my intention was to try to get a very sheer and almost machine-like, precision look - industrial and modern," he said.

Korean-born Kim joined CALTY in late 2001, immediately after graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He was immediately thrown into what was effectively a contest against two other designers.

"Toyota wanted a 4x4 - an indestructible, fun, off-roading SUV for young people with an active lifestyle. They said it could be part of the LandCruiser line-up, but the whole FJ concept wasn't clear. They left the door open for us to explore in the early stage.

"I started looking into the history of Toyota and I stumbled across FJ40. I knew there was some kind of history there; I noticed the FJ40 had heritage behind it. I put that as one of my concepts."

Kim's preliminary sketches reveal that he investigated as many ideas as he could, including a dune buggy and urban, super-rugged machines.

"In the end, it made sense to do FJ40 because of its value and heritage. I grabbed it and ran with it."

Kim focused on elements that made the FJ40 a memorable design, including its white rooftop, round headlights set on either side of a mesh grille, upright windscreen and the rear-quarter panels with wrap-around glass.

This connection to the past did not result in a literal line-by-line translation to the FJ Cruiser. Rather, it was interpreted for the 21st century using totally different proportions and construction.

"FJ Cruiser looks very serious, purposeful, indestructible. At the same time, it looks fun. It is balancing all the opposing elements - serious playfulness."

Kim rejects the "retro" tag for his vehicle, even though so-called "retro design" was thriving around this time, leading to modern versions of cars like the VW Beetle and MINI Cooper.

"I just tried to keep the essence of the FJ40 which was fun, rugged. We wanted to incorporate some design cues and hints from the FJ40, but with a modern, contemporary, fresh design.

"It was heavily inspired by the FJ40 - we are not trying to hide it, but our intention was not to be retro. Our goal was that a person who knows about the FJ40 or young people who have never seen an FJ40 would still find it fresh and interesting."

The public reveal of the FJ Cruiser concept car at the Detroit auto show had two major outcomes for Kim.

He met and was praised by one of his heroes, the legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. ("I didn't know what he was saying, but later on I heard he was really impressed with the vehicle," Kim said).

The second, of course, was that Toyota quickly approved production. However, it was decided the FJ Cruiser needed better access for rear-seat passengers.

The challenge was met with two small rear-opening doors that were incorporated by altering the fender angle without sacrificing the vehicle's overall proportions.

Kim, who has since been involved in projects such as the FT-HS sports concept, fondly remembers his early days and FJ Cruiser.

"When I think back, it was a lot of fun. Everyone involved in the production team was just happy to be working on this car. It was a blast!"


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Childhood memories that associated a neighbour's LandCruiser FJ40 with the spirit of adventure were central to William Chergosky's design inspiration for the interior of the Toyota FJ Cruiser.

Much to his surprise, Chergosky began his career at Toyota's California design studio CALTY on the very day in 2002 that the FJ40-inspired exterior was approved for the new vehicle.

"The FJ40 was one of the vehicles I loved. It looked like, in a child's eye, what you imagine an adventure would look like," Chergosky said.

The young interior designer told the CALTY team about his long-held admiration for the FJ40, stemming from his childhood in up-state New York.

"They said, 'Show us what you've got - and let's see some of that passion come through'. It was a dream come true!"

Familiar with the FJ40, Chergosky began his design process by taking a step back to analyse what made it so iconic.

"I wanted to convey what the vehicle said to me - why this vehicle has such a strong image with the public and even resonates today," he said.

He created an image board that listed the key attributes of the vehicle, each one characterised by an illustration:

Absolute - a picture of Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry
Honest - a Lincoln penny with the image of "Honest Abe"
Technical - a mountain bike
Tool-like - a basic hammer
Rugged - a movie poster from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

These words and images were derived from the "magic" of the FJ40 interior, driven by function - rugged, straightforward and clearly a product of manufacturing.

"I did not want the interior to look 'styled'. Rather, I tried to recreate the essence of what made the FJ40 so special, reinterpreting it using more modern techniques."

Although FJ Cruiser was originally devised as a concept car, public reaction was so favourable that Toyota executives in the United States quickly approved full-scale production.

Chergosky said the main challenge was to ensure the production version retained the spirit of the concept car, while meeting safety regulations as well as cost and manufacturing requirements.

They succeeded in retaining its tool-like simplicity with an industrial feel - the instrument panel with horizontal beams, the cluster of three dials on top of the dashboard, the body-coloured stamped faceplate with round instrumentation, adaptable seating and the attached-look door panels.

"The essence created in the concept vehicle still carries through. The customer gets inside and recognises the special quality of it. It's not typical. There's something special and memorable about it.

"I really am proud when we look at the instrument panel. It maintains the spirit of the original FJ - very upright and strong looking. The original concept had the metallic extrusion, and we managed to get that through to the production car... It kind of puts a smile on your face."

Chergosky never regarded the FJ Cruiser design as being "retro" because it reinterpreted, rather than emulated, the FJ40.

"It recaptures the emotion rather than the specific styling, which means it's not retro at all. Maybe the emotion is retro, but aesthetically I always felt it was very modern and optimistic."

He said childhood memories, such as those that helped inspire the FJ Cruiser, were vital if designers wanted to surprise and delight car buyers.

"We are eternally a kid. You have to put yourself in the sandbox or friend's yard, playing with a toy. It's the way we connect with the customer, connecting with their inner child. It's what makes a customer say, 'Wow'. The kid has to have a toy; you just love it so much."

Chergosky is happy that production of right-hand-drive versions will make his "toy" available to a wider audience.

"In my childhood imagination, Australia is one of the places I imagined the FJ Cruiser. So I'm very excited that it's going to be there."


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Toyota designed FJ Cruiser for a strong, modern appeal - with wide grille, upright windscreen, rear access doors and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The combination of a large body, high waist and wide cabin suggest space and strength.

Front-end styling cues kick off with a wide grille incorporating round headlamps, a floating valance and bumper-bar end caps.

FJ Cruiser is the only current Toyota with the manufacturer's name spelled out across the grille rather than the bulls-horns type logo.

The windscreen has a rare three-arm wiper system.

In side view, the tapered roofline - and short overhangs front and rear - create an athletic, forward-leaning silhouette.

FJ Cruiser's side view also highlights its eye-catching high-waistline style, as well the vehicle's practical off-road features such as the black over-fender flares.

FJ Cruiser also has wrap-around rear corner windows and a white roof.

Its rear access doors give it the appearance and feel of a two-door vehicle.

Rear design features include a large luggage door, hinged on the passenger's side, and incorporating a spare wheel carrier with centre cover.

The back door has a glass hatch which can be opened independently of the main door, to provide rapid access to the cargo area.

Silver-painted exterior mirrors with black edging enhance the vehicle's rugged image.

The front turn signals are integrated into the guards, while the tail-lamp assembly echoes the original FJ LandCruser's reflector housing.

The rear turn signals and fog lamps are integrated into the bumper.

The bumpers are lightweight resin, front and rear - with silver highlights to match the grille and exterior mirrors.

The rear side, quarter and back windows have privacy glass.

FJ Cruiser will be offered in nine exterior colours, all with white roof, including the hero colours Voodoo Blue and Hornet Yellow.

The other colours are: Military Blue, Titanium, French Vanilla, Jungle, Brick Red, Sandstorm and Ebony.


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The new Toyota FJ Cruiser's versatile cabin combines style and function in a manner designed to live up to the vehicle's rugged exterior image.

Its interior colour is dark grey up to the window line and light grey above.

The exterior body colour continues inside, on the dashboard and door trims.

Strong straight lines in the interior design emphasise FJ Cruiser's width and strength, while cubic form with strong horizontal and vertical lines provides a rugged feel.

The distinctive vertically-faced dashboard has billet-styled outer air vent housings, radiating a strong, precise mechanical appearance.

The outer arm-rests run from the front doors to the rear access doors and incorporate large door grips, generating a blend of rugged form and function.

The instrument panel features round, back-and-white meters for the speedometer and tachometer, and a combined gauge for fuel, engine coolant temperature and alternator charge.

The main controls include 4WD transfer lever, cruise control, the Active Traction Control switch, rear differential lock switch, VSC/TRC off switch, reverse parking sensor switch, headlamp level control and rear fog lamp control switch.

The premium steering wheel has integrated audio controls.

The B-pillars are built into the rear access doors, along with the front seatbelt's upper and lower anchorages.

The front seats have active head rests.

Toyota's FJ Cruiser water-repellent seat front-seat facing means it's easy to wipe-down dirt and/or water - and beneath the fabric the seat covering has a urethane film which is both waterproof and breathable.

The urethane film allows the seat to "breathe" while stopping water soaking through.

Toyota has also treated the seat fabric stitching with a water-repellent sealant to prevent water penetration through the seams.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser also has washable floor, moulded from Thermo Plastic Olefin (TPO) rubber for ease of cleaning.

Toyota has paid special attention to securing accessory front and rear floor-mats (should the owner choose to fit them) to negate the need for attachment holes in the floor.

The accessory floor-mat retention hooks, by avoiding the need to create holes in the TPO floor, reduce the likelihood of water penetration below the floor.


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Toyota designed FJ Cruiser's interior for optimum flexibility of passenger accommodation and cargo capacity.

The vehicle seats five adults and has 0.99 cubic metres of cargo space when the rear seats are in the normal position.

FJ Cruiser has front bucket seats with a folding inboard armrest.

The driver's seat has eight-way manual adjustment and the front passenger seat four-way manual adjustment.

The driver's seat has 45mm of lift adjustment and 26mm of cushion-tilt adjustment.

Both front seats have 240mm of fore/aft slide adjustment and active head rests.

The front passenger seat back tilts forward 40 degrees to enhance access to the rear seat.

In addition, both front seat backs have an assist handle and a net seat-back pocket.

The rear seat has a 60/40 split seat back and a double folding cushion function.

The rear seat cushions can be easily removed from the vehicle - to further increase cargo space.

The cargo area is home to three child restraint anchorage points (conveniently fitted to the rear seat backs) and four cargo tie-down points.

The cargo deck is 754mm above the ground to make loading easy - and occupants can also load small items of cargo through the glass hatch in the back door.


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Toyota FJ Cruiser's petrol engine has been proven under local operating conditions in Australia's best-selling SUV, LandCruiser Prado, and the country's top-selling ute, HiLux.

The 4.0-litre quad-cam V6 engine has more than 310Nm of torque available from approximately 1200rpm, to increase the FJ Cruiser's off and on-road flexibility.

Peak torque of 380Nm is reached at 4400rpm and maximum power of 200kW is delivered at 5600rpm.

This performance is transmitted to the wheels through a five-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission with gate type shifting.

Fuel economy on the official combined cycle is 11.4 litres/100km*, delivering a theoretical driving range of 631km with carbon dioxide emissions of 267 grams/km.

On the highway, fuel economy improves to 9.3 litres/100km* (774km range). Even on the urban cycle, FJ Cruiser returns 14.9 litres/100km* (483km range).

The engine, designated 1GR-FE, has dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) for optimum performance and fuel economy while reducing emissions.

Dual VVT-i provides continual variations of the intake and exhaust timing, as well as the valve overlap, across the full range of driving conditions.

Camshaft timing is varied according to engine revolutions, throttle position, crankshaft angle, coolant temperature and intake air flow.

The dual VVT-i powerplant is shared with the current-generation LandCruiser Prado - with the FJ Cruiser's performance benefiting from the vehicle's lower kerb weight.

A single VVT-i version (inlet) is available in the HiLux range; it also powered the previous-generation 120 Series Prado.

The FJ Cruiser engine has direct ignition, an intelligent electronic throttle and sequential multi-point fuel injection.

Toyota recommends 95 RON fuel; however, FJ Cruiser will operate on 91 octane unleaded fuel.

The V6 petrol engine has 12-hole fuel injectors for ultra-fine fuel atomisation. It has an almost square bore and stroke relationship of 94mm by 95mm and a 10.4:1 compression ratio, for optimum performance across the revolution range.

Camshaft drive is by chain, for optimum durability. Separate primary-cam chains drive the inlet camshaft in each cylinder head, while secondary chains drive the accompanying exhaust camshaft from each inlet cam.

The valve gear features maintenance-free hydraulic lash adjusters, and rocker arms with built-in needle-roller bearings which minimise friction between the cams and improve fuel economy.

The engine includes Toyota's standard 4WD package of a cyclonic pre-cleaner to trap dust plus a high-mounted air inlet and diff breathers to enable fording with confidence.

The A750F Super ECT automatic transmission with gated shift adopts Toyota's latest electronically-controlled hydraulic shift system to produce optimum shift feel.

The vehicle can be driven in conventional automatic mode, with the shift lever in 'D', or in manual-style using the gated shift function.

The A750F automatic transmission has ratios of: first, 3.520; second, 2.042; third, 1.400; fourth, 1.000; fifth, 0.716; and reverse, 3.224.

It is matched to a part-time four-wheel drive system with a two-speed transfer and electric-powered locking rear differential, operated from the dash, for greater off-road traction. Differential gear ratio is 1.000 (high) and 2.566 (low).

* Fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR 81/02.


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Toyota's Australian engineers have played a leading role in developing the FJ Cruiser's ride and handling for local conditions.

Substantial changes were made after the Toyota Technical Center, Australia (TTC-Au) tested a left-hand-drive (LHD) sample vehicle early last year.

The local input was championed in Japan by FJ Cruiser Chief Engineer Akio Nishimura to ensure FJ Cruiser met the requirements of Australian drivers.

The calibration of the vehicle's shock absorbers and power steering were retuned to suit Australian roads and off-road trails.

FJ Cruiser's tyre specification was upgraded and the wheel diameter increased from 16-inch to 17-inch.

Improvements to reduce noise, vibration and harshness, now adopted globally, were prompted by Australia's coarse-chip road surfaces.

Grab handles on the back of the front seats were added for the comfort of rear-seat passengers on winding Australian country roads.

A vehicle fitted with the amended specification has undergone more than 100,000km of testing in Australia with the majority occurring off-road, including corrugated gravel roads, bush tracks and sand.

TTC-Au senior vehicle evaluation engineer Ray Munday said steering and suspension changes were made for Australian roads and drivers.

"We have stiffened the shock absorbers by about 10 per cent and retuned the power steering to meet the target market's requirement for a sporty ride and sharp handling," Mr Munday said.

"At the same time, we have retained a very pliant ride in off-road conditions," he said.

"Our benchmark was the LandCruiser Prado, which has a sporty, agile drive for a four-wheel drive and also remains comfortable on bush tracks."

Mr Munday said Chief Engineer Nishimura was extremely passionate about his car, which meant he was open to making improvements.

"When we showed him our findings on the original vehicle, his view was that we had to change it," he said.

FJ Cruiser has long-travel all-coil suspension - with high-mounted double-wishbones at the front and a five-link system at the rear - to optimise suspension performance on and off-road.

The five-link solid rear axle system offers a balance of maximum wheel travel with optimal road-holding.

FJ Cruiser's ladder-frame chassis provides the stable platform for the new suspension and confirms the vehicle's off-road credentials.

The hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion steering has a variable gear-ratio steering rack to provide the optimal steering "weighting", for greater ease when parking and direct response at highway speeds.

FJ Cruiser's steering has 2.7 turns lock-to-lock.

The vehicle has relatively large diameter 265/70R 17 tyres (one inch larger rolling diameter than Prado), to optimise ground clearance and off-road capability.

FJ Cruiser has ground clearance of 224mm.

Approach, departure and break over angles are 36, 31 and 29 degrees respectively.


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Key off-road attributes of Toyota's FJ Cruiser attest to its ability to traverse rugged terrain and deliver full-scale off-road driving performance.

Simple and rugged, FJ Cruiser puts the onus on the driver's ability, with little in the way of driver assist technologies.

In contrast to high-grade LandCruiser 200 or Prado, there is no multi-terrain select, no multi-terrain monitors, and no crawl control.

Yet FJ Cruiser has the best departure and break-over angles in the Toyota 4WD range - 31 and 29 degrees respectively. Its approach angle of 36 degrees is bettered only by the 70 Series.

Larger angles can allow a vehicle to negotiate steeper climbs or descents without having parts of the vehicle body, such as the bumpers, make contact with the ground.

FJ Cruiser also provides excellent ground clearance under the rear differential and vital chassis components - a minimum of 224mm, second only to the LandCruiser 200 Series.

The adoption of 17-inch wheels and short overhangs - 865mm at the front and 1115mm at the rear - contribute to the FJ Cruiser's off-road prowess.

A vehicle's break-over angle is particularly important for off-road transitions from a level area into a descent and from a climb to flat ground.

A good departure angle can enable a driver who has overshot a turn-off on a steep, narrow track to return in reverse, rather than doing a three-point turn.

Where FJ Cruiser is fitted with electronic functions, such as Active Traction Control and rear differential lock, these can be switched on and off on demand.

This enables drivers to challenge their personal driving skills and enjoy sporty off-road driving.


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FJ Cruiser may draw some of its stylistic inspiration from LandCruiser's iconic past, but its comprehensive package of active and passive safety features is definitely modern.

Active safety features include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

In addition, FJ Cruiser has Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), which is both an active safety and off-road capability feature.

A-TRAC mimics limited slip differential functionality which controls wheel slip via the brakes. It will operate in L4 mode, by a press of the A-TRAC switch.

The A-TRAC system helps maintain traction in mud and acceleration on challenging surfaces which may have a low coefficient of friction on one side of the vehicle or for both front and rear drive wheels.

Passive safety features include six SRS airbags - driver and front passenger, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain-shield airbags.

The front seats have active head rests, designed to improve occupant protection in a rear-end collision.

The Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) active front-seat head restraint system has a pressure plate at the base of the seat backrest, linked by cable to an upper unit, which in turn activates the head restraint.

In a rear-end collision, the occupant's body weight applies force to the pressure plate.

The force is transferred via the cable to the upper unit, which moves the whole head restraint closer to the occupant's head to help reduce injury to the neck.

FJ Cruiser has three child restraint anchorage points for the rear seat, with the anchorage points conveniently located on the seat back.

Toyota's FJ Cruiser also adds visibility features to enhance safety, including a reversing camera to help make parking easier.

The image from FJ Cruiser's reversing camera appears on a screen set into the auto-dimming rear view mirror.

In addition, FJ Cruiser has (two) rear sonar parking sensors and rear fog lamps.

The parking sensor system will buzz at intervals of 150 milliseconds when an object is 100-150cm behind the vehicle; buzz at 75ms intervals when it is 50-100cm behind, and buzz continuously when the object is less than 50cm away.

FJ Cruiser's upright windscreen has triple wipers for optimum coverage, while the glass hatch in the rear door has a retractable wiper.

FJ Cruiser has power front windows, with an auto down function.


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Toyota FJ Cruiser has raised the audio excitement factor with a pair of advanced "Exciter" speakers as part of its eight-speaker audio system.

The Multi Information Display of inclinometer, compass and outside temperature indicator mounted on the dashboard helps drivers and passengers make the most of their off-road driving experience.

FJ Cruiser has a 6-CD audio head unit with a 4.3-inch LCD display - amber backlit to match FJ Cruiser's instrument illumination.

The locally developed audio features USB for iPod™ connectivity, 3.5mm input jack for other MP3 players, 6-CD player and Bluetooth™* connectivity for mobile phone hands free and audio streaming.

Bluetooth capability and audio controls are handily located on the steering wheel, allowing the driver to adjust Volume, Track/pre-set station, Mode, and telephone pick-up and hang-up.

Toyota has installed the Exciter speakers in the roof lining, behind the front seats.

They use the roof lining as a diaphragm, to spread the sound evenly across the entire cabin and complement the conventional door speakers.

The result is a broad sound pattern and richer acoustic environment.

The Exciter speakers are thinner than conventional speakers, so they can be positioned deeper into the roof lining, eliminating speaker protrusion into the cabin and achieving a flatter roof-lining profile.

Manual air conditioning is fitted as standard equipment.

* The Bluetooth™ word mark is owned by The Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality will vary depending on the device.


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Owners looking to minimise damage to their FJ Cruiser while tackling harsh off-road terrain have several options available to them.

Toyota Genuine rock rails help to protect the underside of the FJ Cruiser from damage that may occur when travelling off-road.

They are constructed from heavy-duty steel, with an electro-deposit coating ("e-coat") for superior corrosion protection, and can be installed to the existing vehicle mounts without drilling.

FJ Cruiser owners can protect their paintwork and bonnet from damage and stone chips with a bonnet protector, which is purpose-built for the FJ using impact-resistant polycarbonate.

The durable bonnet protector does not require drilling to fit.

Optional rubber floor mats feature a raised lip, which helps catch mud and moisture. The mats are tailored to fit FJ Cruiser, secured to the floor with two retainers and are easily removed for cleaning.

FJ Cruiser accessories that help facilitate the outdoors lifestyle include Toyota Genuine roof-racks. The roof racks offer a range of attachments to help carry sporting equipment, such as skis and snowboards, kayaks and bikes.

Toyota Service Advantage pricing is $210 per service for the first 3 years or 60,000km, whichever occurs first. Service interval is every 10,000kms.


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Designation:1GR-FE petrol
Type:All-alloy V6 petrol, 24-valve DOHC with Dual VVT-i
Bore x stroke: 94.0 x 95.0
Compression ratio: 10.4:1
Fuel system: Electronic fuel injection
Max. output: 200kW/5600rpm
Max. torque: 380Nm/4400rpm
Fuel rating (minimum): 95 octane PULP*
Australian emission rating: EURO IV
ADR 81/02 combined cycle fuel economy:11.4 litres/100km*
CO2 emissions: 267g/km
Engine service weight: 197kg
Designation: A750F
Type:Five-speed electronically-controlled automatic lock-up torque converter and gated shift
3rd 1.400
4th 1.000
5th 0.716
Rev 3.224
Final-drive ratio: 3.727:1
Rear differential type: electrically actuated diff lock
4WD Type: Part-time, two-speed transfer
Transfer ratios: 1.000/2.566
Front: Double wishbone with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and stabiliser bar
Front: Five-link with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and stabiliser bar
Type: Variable-ratio hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion
Turns lock-to-lock: 2.7
Front rotor: Ventilated
Front caliper: 4-piston opposed
Rear rotor:   Ventilated 
Rear caliper: Single-piston sliding
Brake electronics: ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
Overall Dimensions**
Length: 4670mm
Width: 1905mm
Height: 1830mm
Wheelbase: 2690mm
Front tread: 1605mm
Rear tread: 1605mm
Front overhang: 865mm
Rear overhang: 1115mm
Ground clearance: 224mm (unladen)
Approach angle: 36 degrees
Departure angle: 31 degrees
Break-over angle: 29 degrees
Turning Diameter
Kerb to kerb: 2.4m
Wall to wall: 12.7m
Gross vehicle weights
Front: 1175kg
Rear: 1335kg
Total: 2510kg
Interior dimensions
Seating: 5
Front shoulder room: 1484mm
Rear shoulder room: 1370mm
Cargo capacity: 0.99m3
Cargo floor to ground: 754mm
Fuel tank: 72 litres
Battery capacity: 12 Volt/55 Amp hr
Alternator output: 1200W
Starter output: 1.4kW

* Fuel consumption will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR 81/02 combined cycle.

** Some vehicle dimension figures are approximate and may vary due to options and accessory fitment.


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