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Upgrade for Toyota's FJ Cruiser

2013-08-01 07:52

FANCY CRUISER: Toyota's FJ Cruiser has been upgraded with a crawl function adjustable up to 25km/h and a second fuel tank. Image: DAVE FALL


Toyota has revealed an upgraded FJ Cruiser. (If you were wondering what those letters stood for I can reveal all: The 'F' stands for the engine series and 'J' Jeep).

It was part of a double-header launch - the automaker also revealed a new heavy-metal Land Cruiser.

Anyway, the FJ has been around for just two years in South Africa, a vehicle with unique looks like no other. Perhaps that's the attraction because you do seem to see plenty of them on the road. Again, as one might imagine, this is no poseur's luxury off-roader alluded to by the 245mm of ground clearance, a 34-degree approach angle, 31-degree departure angle and 29-degree breakover angle attributes.


Suffice to say wherever the New Land Cruiser went the FJ was close behind. Due in the main, methinks, to the introduction of the 'crawl control' function - a feet-off control system that allows the vehicle to inch its way up just about any slope - or down - by simply dialling in the speed with which you feel comfortable. This can be anything up to 25km/h.

Simplistically, it increases vehicle stability in extreme all-wheel driving by minimising wheel spin and tyre lock-up.

There's also the addition of a second fuel tank (87 litres) that virtually doubles its fuel capacity to 159 litres to give a theoretical fuel range of more than 1000km from the 200kW/380Nm four-litre engine.

FJ Cruiser 4.0 V6 4 x 4 a/t - R462 200
FJ Cruiser 4.0 V6 Sports Cruiser a/t - R485 200

All versions of the FJ Cruiser come with a five-year or 90 000km service plan and a three-year or 100 000km warranty. These models are also supported by a Toyota roadside assistance programme that entitles customers to 24-hour roadside assistance.

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