2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

FJ Cruiser

 

Toyota has gained a reputation for producing
vehicles that perform day in and out without much of a fuss
on black tops or sand strewn vistas. The Landcruiser and Prado have
established their credentials unequivocally in the region. And now
there is yet another model joining the above. The
is a reincarnation of the SUV that started it all for Toyota – the
FJ40.

The grill, near-vertical windshield, white roof
highlighting other exterior colours (except white that is!), angular
wheel wells, and spartan dash evoke memories of the FJ40. But that’s
where the similarities end. Built on the same platform as the Prado,
the FJ Cruiser is aimed squarely down the throat of Hummer and Jeep
fans and is available in two versions- FJ Cruiser and FJ Cruiser
SE.

The inside too reflects the retro-inspired exterior,
especially with its machined-look dashboard and with the optional
body-coloured door panel inserts. The dashboard looks like an
extruded aluminium beam, only it’s plastic. Audio and climate
controls are set into a body-coloured panel in the centre of the
dash. The FJ Cruiser seats four with ample space for gear at the
back. Rear access to the cargo area is through a door hinged on the
driver’s side of the vehicle instead of a typical roof-hinged
hatch-style closure.

The FJ employs a 4.0-litre DOHC V6 with VVT-i
producing 240hp and 375Nm. It is coupled to a 5-speed automatic.

In today’s increasingly politically correct world,
true off-road capable SUVs are progressively becoming a rare breed,
and given the growing trend towards soft-roaders and CUVs, the FJ
Cruiser aims to offer a retro-styled, off-road plugger that is
equally at home on the high street as it is playing on the dunes!

Technical Specifications
Engine      4.0-litre V6
Power      240 Bhp
Torque      375 Nm
Transmission      Automatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams
113,000 upto 123,000*

* Prices are indicative and
may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms.
Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Nissan XTerra
Jeep Wrangler
Hummer H3

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