2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Launched In Australia

Mike Stevens | Mar 8, 2011


TMR Managing Editor Tim O'Brien is at the launch today of the FJ Cruiser. Watch for his 'first drive' review.

Its local arrival has been five years in the making, but the retro-styled Toyota FJ Cruiser is at last in Australia - set to go on sale in the second half of March.

Following a strong response at last year's Australian International Motor Show, The FJ Cruiser joins the Rukus as part of Toyota Australia's plan to inject some style-focused buying options into the brand's local line-up.

Its arrival also gives Toyota a weapon against the rugged, adventure-seeking style of the Jeep Wrangler.

The design of the FJ Cruiser echoes retro elements of the original FJ40 LandCruiser. It became a cult-classic here after its arrival onto the Snowy River Scheme 50 years ago.

A white roof, round headlamps and the classic 'TOYOTA' badge across the front grille all echo the design of the FJ Cruiser’s ancestor, but its rear-hinged back doors are unique to the new model.

The retro look is capped off by a near vertical windscreen with three wipers.

“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."

The newest member of the LandCruiser family shares its underpinnings with the Prado, and is driven by a 4.0 litre V6 petrol engine producing 200kW and 380Nm of torque.

Fuel consumption for the V6 is listed at a claimed 11.4 l/100km on the combined cycle, with its 72-litre tank offering a theoretical driving range of around 630km.

Suspension is managed by long-travel all-coil suspension, with high-mounted double-wishbones up front and a five-link system at the rear.

Along with its dual-range transfer case, the FJ Cruiser's big strength is its 224mm minimum clearance, along with a 36-degree approach angle, 31-degree departure angle and a 29-degree breakover angle - the latter two being the best in Toyota's local 4WD line-up.

Local testing of the FJ has also resulted in an Australia-specific calibration of the heavy-duty all-coil suspension and power steering, along with the adoption of 17-inch alloy wheels and 70 profile tyres.

Grab handles have also been added to the back of the driver and front passenger seats, improving off-road comfort for rear passengers.

Safety features include six airbags, active front-seat head restraints, vehicle stability control, switchable active traction control, anti-skid brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution, active front-seat head restraints and a reversing camera with a mirror-mounted display.

Available as one model grade, standard equipment for the FJ Cruiser includes rear fog lamps, privacy glass, rear parking sensors, cruise control, air-conditioning, steering-mounted audio controls, a multi-information display, central locking, and an eight-speaker audio with a CD stacker, USB, iPod, Bluetooth and aux connectivity.

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

Pricing and Availability

The 2011 FJ Cruiser will go on sale in Australia in the second half of March, in just one model grade.

It will be priced from $44,990 (manufacturer's list price), with metallic paint $400 extra.

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  • 288gto
    288gto says,
    5 years ago
    Hell yeah! Cant wait to see and drive one!
  • Tocam says,
    5 years ago
    Agreed, probably one of the better looking retro-style cars out there at the moment.
  • Daniel McKenna says,
    5 years ago
    Love it!
  • charlesk says,
    5 years ago
    I do like the idea of it, and have a friend in the US who owns one for off road use. He loves it - simple, rugged and very capable. That's what I'd use it for too. We've a suby for general running around and commuting.

    My only concern, other than that huge rear blindspot, is the Hummer factor. It does look a bit like one, and each time I see one of them coated in chrome and running on super low profile rubber I cringe a little. I wonder whether I'd cringe at myself after living with it for a while, despite the fact that I'd be using it for its intended purpose rather than the poseur factor.
    • 288gto
      288gto says,
      5 years ago
      The sad truth is that unfortunatly a lot of these cars will share the same fate of the Hummers - chrome, dark tint, 24 inch rims, 4 sub woofers, etc, etc. Thats what happens when cashed up idiots buy cars for the wrong reasons!

      If i had one, it wouldnt even touch ashpalt and always be coated in dust and mud!
  • toesonthenose says,
    5 years ago
    I saw one driving north along Lane Cove Rd last week & have to admit it looked better than I expected
  • martin says,
    5 years ago
    ghastly thing. actually, maybe in time it will be called "the thing". can't believe the deranged folk who think it looks good.
  • 288gto
    288gto says,
    5 years ago
    I think Toyota has really stuck to its roots, and kept it as diesel - true to the old original (FJ's ran on petrol for quite some time).

    But a diesel in this day and age MUST be an option!!!
  • Jerry says,
    5 years ago
    I live in the Metro Detroit Michigan, USA area and I own a 2011 FJ 4X4 AT with the off road pkg, I love my truck. Its basic, simple, sturdy and rugged. I cant see me ever going with out one, BUT I bought mine because I wanted a 4X4 all terrain vehicle that could still be used as trasportation, I have to drive a few hours a day in the city and country come rain or snow or ice, every day, or I dont get paid, I was using my lexus ES300, nice car, but not real nice in the snow or back roads. I used to own a Jeep Wrangler Sport, so I kind of took the best of both, The FJ will take you ANYWHERE you want to go, I have pulled out muliple other 4X4s and even a snowplow, this truck smiles when you get on dirt and starts laughing when off road, dresses up well for dinner but always ready for a fight. Seriously though, Its one tough truck, I know people with over 100,000 miles, not sure how many kms, but have had not an ounce of problems, the 2011 all have backup cameras and well adjusted mirrors and vision is NOT a problem, just takes a couple weeks to get used to it. If your looking for plush, this isnt it, you want simple and easy to clean, this is it. You rarily have to take it over 2500rpm, max 3000 unless your trying to race someone. You will be suprised at the power
  • highdimensions.peter says,
    4 years ago
    Why the hell 8 speakers? with 2 over your head. Enough to drive your crazy.
    Dear Toyota how about something more usefull, like a trip computer?
  • Javier says,
    4 years ago
    This car is over value in Australia, in America is less than $25000 and Australia is over $40000 no value for money, not a very practical car and size is not practical.
    • super matthew
      Super Mattthew says,
      4 years ago
      Whoopty do. Have you looked at the price of cars in Australia in general?

      There's nothing unique about this car's price, every car here is a lot more expensive than their overseas counterparts.

      It's just part of living in Australia, unfortunately.
      • Fabien says,
        4 years ago
        $45,000 what a blatant ripoff. The Americans can pick them up for $25,000.
        Over priced to buggery ripped off in Australia as per usual.
        I wouldn't pat that when you think about what the Yanks pay.
  • Roadkill says,
    3 years ago
    With the prices of fuel in Scotland, would liked too have seen a diesel version as an option, food for thought Toyota.
  • mark says,
    2 years ago
    This is a great 4WD, I have an 80 series with 560,000klms and going strong, I am getting an FJ to replace my work ute,(I have considered all possibilities and decided to stay with reliability Toyota) One of the great things I noticed in the heat whilst in a demo unit was the AC worked great on low. Look at the design of all new cars with the layback windows and they are sun soaks! In Brisbane you are always running the AC flat out to keep the car cool and it does not stop the direct sun heat!. What a benifit to have a car that acrtually keeps the SUN OUT! do we really need cars that are so air slippery when you cannot speed! I will settle for reliabilty comfort and usability.
    • mary clausing-ison says,
      11 months ago
      We have just traded our 2011 ranger 4wd for the benefits of the FJ Cruiser, what a difference,this is it, after 11 4wd and numerous journeys, and missing our 80 series we now move back to the toyota reliability.
      Living in Alice Springs this monster is suited to the terrain without question!
      Bit thirsty but hey, after my hubby's f150, it's the reliability you buy, not the costs of running and if you whinge about fuel go buy a get around [getz] as it seems that generally you buy something cause you want to, and to anyone wanting ideas, the cruiser is a cheap yet good entry model in comparisin to the market, we see other makes on the side of the road, 500 klms from town and wonder what info people get before they make a purchase, go buy a fj cruiser, you will be very happy
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