The FJ Cruiser is still sold in some parts around the World such as Saudi Arabia or even China. However, the car has been discontinued from the US and European markets because it was getting old and it just was not able to keep up with all those safety and pollution regulations. Well, it now seems that a new model might be released on the market as the 2016 Toyota FJ Cruiser.
Rumors say that this new car will be first showcased later this year and it should be come on the market some time in 2018. Until then Toyota will have to tweak the design and make the car not only more efficient, but also safer and more capable on and off the road.
Refined & Advanced Design
The design of the upcoming 2016 Toyota FJ Cruiser is very likely going to borrow a lot from its predecessor as well as from the 1970s and 1980s Toyota Land Cruiser. This means that it will not be offered as a soft-looking crossover but the muscular proportions and edgy lines will be carried over to the new generation. On top of that, this time around the FJ might be offered on the market with four full sized doors which would make it a really interesting choice.
The spare wheel will continue to be installed on the tailgate because it will allow Toyota to offer a lot more interior space for people and luggage than with it installed inside the cabin.
In terms of interior, the car will not feature a lot of luxury features and that’s to be expected with a model aimed at enthusiast. The dashboard will offer a cleaner look than before with easier to use controls while the seats will offer a much better posture. On top of that, the car will get standard water and dirt resistant upholstery that will make cleaning it very easy as well as it will be offered in the base trim level with a satellite tracking system to allow the driver to check if its off-road route needs any adjusting.
Under the Hood
Engine wise, the 2016 Toyota FJ Cruiser will likely hit the market with two different engines that will be offered in two different parts of the World. The US version is expected to receive a similar 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 to that found in the Tacoma. However, this will likely be tweaked in order to offer slightly more torque, so we can expect around 270 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. In Europe and some other parts of the World, the FJ Cruiser is actually expected to get a smaller 2.8 liter turbocharged inline 4 diesel that will be provided by Cummins.
This will be able to offer up to 210 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque while offering similar fuel consumption to a hybrid installed in a large crossover. Rear wheel drive and a new generation 6 speed automatic are likely going to be offered as standard on both of them while four wheel drive will only be offered with the lockable differentials and a 6 speed manual gearbox.
2016 Toyota FJ Cruiser Price
Just like with the model that has been discontinued a while ago, the upcoming FJ Cruiser is going to remain a body-on-frame crossover meaning that its off-road prowess should be carried over to this new model as well. The price is unknown but it is likely that Toyota will aim the car specifically at the Wrangler, so it could start at roughly $25,000 for a base version.
This will be possible thanks to Tacoma’s chassis which will likely underpin the FJ Cruiser. However, both the running gear and its engines will likely be unique to it in order to become successful in its really competitive class.