Toyota Set to Revive the FJ Cruiser with New Short-Wheelbase LandCruiser
November 8, 2023
Toyota has teased at the introduction of a new model in its LandCruiser range, named the 'FJ' LandCruiser. This model, a short-wheelbase version, is positioned to compete in the same segment as the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco.
This news comes recently after a slew of announcements by Toyota at the Japan Mobility Show, regarding upcoming Land Cruiser variants - read more here!
This comes after Land Cruiser fans picked up on the fact that Toyota applied for a trademark with the name "Land Cruiser FJ" just over a week ago, according to this forum post.
Engine Specifications and Options
The anticipated engine for the Australian market is a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, similar to the 2024 Prado, with mild-hybrid technology for fuel efficiency. For the North American market, petrol engines are being considered, including 2.4-litre turbo-petrol options in both standard and hybrid forms.
Design and Features
The design of the FJ LandCruiser is influenced by the classic FJ Cruiser, including a tailgate-mounted spare wheel. It is expected to use the TNGA-F ladder-frame chassis, with a shorter wheelbase for off-road performance.
The interior design is likely to be similar to the full-size Prado, featuring a 12.3-inch central touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster.
Global Strategy and Expansion
The introduction of the FJ LandCruiser is part of Toyota's wider strategy to expand the LandCruiser range, which may include a more affordable model based on the Corolla Cross and an electric version in the future.
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