IT’S BEEN a little more than a year since the retro-inspired Toyota FJ Cruiser stopped being imported to Australia and three years since the left-hand–drive models ceased production, which meant the end of US sales.
But the FJ has soldiered on in very limited number in its home market of Japan – and that, too, will soon come to an end.
To mark the occasion, Toyota Japan is producing a ‘Final Edition’ featuring a unique, completely beige exterior, with beige and black trim inside. Special 20-inch wheels and side steps complete the Final Edition package.
Launched in Australia in 2011 the FJ Cruiser won our coveted 4x4 Of The Year award for that year and went on to sell many more than Toyota Australia originally anticipated. Buyers were attracted not only to its unique styling, but the solid value-for-money package it offered and its honest off-road ability.
More than 11,000 FJs were sold here during its run and the last of them have been retaining high values on the used car market.
There has been no replacement for the FJ Cruiser nor is there any talk of one aside from speculation on enthusiast pages.
The final FJ Cruisers go on sale in Japan in October while around the same time, Toyota is reintroducing the Hilux ute to Japan after a 13-year absence.