Toyota has made its name off of making automobiles that are very practical. The car maker has a player in almost all classes of cars and the rough terrain category is no different. The 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser stands its ground when compared to all the competition.
The Japanese car maker has opened a new chapter in the long life of this offroad monster. Though there were plans to slam the book shut on this car, the love from the public was too loud to ignore.
To take full advantage of this, the auto manufacturer decided to apply a retro look to the new FJ Cruiser. While this brings out the emotion in the driver, the modern features and accessories evoke the adrenaline rush and thrill.
So let’s travel back to the future and see what the folks over at Toyota have in store for us.
2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser exterior design
As earlier stated, Toyota decided to adorn the new FJ Cruiser with a look harking back to the earlier versions of the SUV.
Though the design speaks of the past, it has been touched up enough so that it does not look out of place in this decade. Some of the rough edges have been smoothed out to give it a clean look.
The fenders are now bigger so as to accommodate chunky 17 inch alloy wheels. There is also a redesigned bumper. This makes the very boxy shape that is characteristic of the FJ Cruiser softer. Overall the body has been made slimmer.
The front still looks as aggressive as ever. The circular headlamps are further inside along the front fascia. The indicator lights are long and sit on either side of the headlights, completing this iconic look of the FJ Cruiser.
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Inside the cabin of the new FJ Cruiser
The keystone of the interior of the 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser is the combination of space and comfort.
Leather and high quality upholstery fabric cover the seats to make for a comfortable ride. The second row of seats provides enough leg room for the passengers as well as headroom. All this makes the ride quality of the 2017 FJ Cruiser one worth writing home about.
The back seats can be folded in 60:40 ratio so as to augment the storage space. Access to this storage area is not only through the back door but also through a flip up tailgate window.
The dashboard and central hub of the Cruiser are simple and retro in design. This, however, does not stop Toyota from packing them full of modern electronics. This keeps the SUV a relevant feature in this era of technology.
Apart from the effective air conditioning system, one gets to enjoy the six speaker audio system. This is connected to an MP3 and CD player. There is also a USB port to plug in your phone. The touchscreen display rounds out the sojourn into the modern times of this retro designed interior.
Underneath the hood of the 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser lies a rumbling machine that is more than capable of hauling this excitingly old school SUV around.
According to Tampa Bay Review, this FJ Cruiser has three options for the engine. The common denominator for all these powerhouses is that they are V6 engines with a 4 liter capacity.
The first engine option manages to belt out 260 horsepower and a torque of 271 pound-feet. The second V6 gives a horsepower reading of 280 hp and torque of 290 pound-feet. The third power unit supposedly gives off 320 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, owing to a supercharger installed on it.
Toyota says that the engines can be linked to either a 5 speed automatic transmission or a 6 speed manual transmission system.
The engine is fed by a standard 72 liter fuel tank which is supplemented by an optional extra fuel tank with volume of 87 liters.
- Wheelbase: 2690mm
- Length: 4670mm
- Width: 1905mm
- Max Speed: not yet known
- 0-60 mph: not yet known
- Passenger volume: 5 passengers
- Storage volume: unknown
- Curb weight: 1955kg
- MPG (miles per gallon) for both city and highway: unknown
- Available exterior colors: White, Red, Smoky Blue, Black, Yellow, Cement Gray Metallic, Beige
- Towing capacity: not yet known
Release date and price of the new 2017 FJ Cruiser
The 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser is expected to hit the showrooms in the first quarter of 2017. The price for the two wheel trims will be around a range of $39,000 and $40,000 whereas the all wheel drive variants could go on up to $45,000.
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