Toyota FJ Cruiser Set For Australian Debut In March

Mike Stevens | Dec 29, 2010

Following confirmation in August that it would arrive early next year, Toyota Australia has confirmed that its rugged and retro-styled FJ Cruiser will make its local debut in March.

Making its first Australian appearance at this year's Australian International Motor Show in October, the FJ Cruiser is expected to be a popular option for drivers looking for something different.

“It’s a very capable off-road vehicle - it’s based on the Prado platform so I think it’ll appeal to a wide demographic,” Toyota Australia's Mike Breen told TMR. “I think it will cross over between urban dwellers and hardcore four-wheel drive people."

“If you look at the US you see them in all walks of life, whether it’s in Los Angeles or the Rocky Mountains.”

Designed to pay homage to the LandCruiser FJ40 of the 1960s, the new FJ Cruiser is built atop the Prado platform and gets the same 178kW petrol V6 engine that drives its less audacious cousin.

Technical specifications have not yet been revealed, although the new FJ's V6 heart is expected to be paired with both automatic and manual transmission, along with full-time and part-time 4WD options.

Despite its origins in the past, the 2011 FJ will include air-conditioning, steering-mounted controls, a reversing camera and an eight-speaker six-CD audio system with Bluetooth among its standard features.

The Motor Report will be at the launch of the new FJ Cruiser next year, so watch this space for our 'first drive' review.

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  • Clint says,
    5 years ago
    Hmmm, so lets all guess and what it will cost, $50k, $60k or most likely more and only in petrol WTF why are car company’s doing that. The 2012 Patrol only petrol at this stage and they have a new V6 diesel that they could use. And not Toyota, surely they could through in a Diesel....
  • goonz says,
    5 years ago
    no, it will be about $45k driveaway in auto only, part time 4x4 but with the US top of the line spec (A-TRAC, elec rear diff lock options etc standard)
    petrol only because that is the current configuration it has been built since 2007 (in the US). It actually gets the new VVTi 150 Series Prado V6 (202kw) albeit down a few KW and torque due to a different exhaust system
    Being a niche market vehicle the cost of developing a diesel variant would far outway the return, BUT hopefully these first ones sell like hotcakes in OZ then it may create enough demand to make it worthwhile for Toyota to slot in V8 Turbo diesel motor from the 70series! ! smile

    As far as the Patrol goes, have a look at the biggest market for them - the middle east! and guess where the cheapest petrol is
    • Clint says,
      5 years ago
      Thats a good start price wise goonz, but sorry to say i'll believe it when i see it. As for the hole petrol/diesel thing, bothe the Pardo and Hilux are both 4cyl and can not tow over 2500kg, (way behind most of the market out there) i know its all about market and demand.
      I think Toyota are being slack in regards to engine development lately, i.e using Subaru's boxer motor in there new sports car and not developing a bigger (may be a V6 diesel) for there range as it would be a big draw card.
      They where great at building awesome motors back in the day ie the 2J and the 3lt in the hilux of the early 90's and yet its still a 3lt (yes i know it has changed)
      As a kid i looked at Toyota as the cars that had the real engines. Now well, a V8 diesel that uses as much oil as diesel and gets 20lt per 100km.

      Nissan's new V6 diesel might hurt Toyota a bit, more power, more toque, better towing, ad as for the Pathfinder vs the Pardo well sorry the value for money the Pathfinder V6 Ti sh*ts over the Pardo.

      Toyota is to over priced for what they are. They are not the same quality built as it once was witch is sad.
  • Patrick Lyons says,
    5 years ago
    Its been on sale in the USA since 2006. In 2006 they sold 56200 of 2008 they sold 28600 of them.. in 2009 they sold 11000 of them. . in 2010 - ?
    So the reason we are finally getting them in Australia is because they are left overs and no one is buying them in the States any more.. We have become Toyotas dumping ground

  • charlesk says,
    5 years ago
    At last, a Toyota that doesn't send me into an instant state of somnolence. I never thought the day would come!

    I do a bit of offroading, and there is a real dearth of decent options between the brilliant ability but hard-to-live-with-if-you've-got-a-wife-and-kids character of the Wrangler, and the slightly too big, too shiny and more than a bit naff school run special Prados.
  • wallet says,
    5 years ago
    Aussies ripped off again! USA price for the 2011 model is $25-27K. Coming out in Australia for $45K. Can't blame the dollar this time Toyota.