In 2006 the engineers at Toyota decided to introduce a new beast in the family of Toyota’s SUVs. The new comer was Toyota FJ Cruiser, technically speaking the Toyota GSJ15W. It is a compact 5 door SUV being manufactured in Japan at Tokyo and in China at Guangzhou. The vehicle was designed by Jin Won Kim in 2002 and has a look of a powerful beast. The rather vintage look and round head lamps give the vehicle a look of power and authority. The 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser is going to be launched on the same platform with minor changes to the existing model. The vehicle is still in its first generation and a newer generation is still not planned for 2017.
2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser: Design and Improvements
The vehicle comes with a 4.0 liter engine mated to a 5 speed automatic or 6 speed manual transmissions for rear wheel/ four wheel drives. The 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser is expected to have similar configuration with a better external garnishing and internal furnishing. The exterior design of the vehicle is kept simple unlike other SUVs of Toyota which have an advanced look. This SUV gives a total vintage look and very often you see a FJ Cruiser and think it is a well protected 70’s model. NO it’s not. It debuted in 2006. The 2017 model will continue to have the same shape but better bumpers for a more aggressive and aerodynamic shape. The headlamps will remain the same but the tail lights may get LEDs instead of the halogen lamps to make them energy efficient.
Inside the SUV, a more advanced navigation system is being installed to help the driver find the right path in strange places. The air conditioning outlets are planned to be improved with provision of independent unit in the rear to give a thorough cooling throughout the vehicle.
The seats especially the middle row will get a treatment for added comfort and safety. As of safety, the car is also getting EBD along with ABS to increase the braking safety and decrease the braking distance especially off-road.
The suspension is still the same hard one as the vehicle is designed primarily to rock the rocks and rule the desert rather than roaming on the motorways.
2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser: Engine and Features
The 2017 FJ Cruiser has a quite powerful motor under the hood. It is the 1GR-FE V6 4.0-liter engine. The unit is the same for the 2017 model. IT delivers roughly 200 horsepower which is more than enough for the vehicle keeping in view its light weight structure and compact size. The upcoming model will be offered with the same options of transmission i.e. 5 speed automated or 6 speed manual but the 4 wheel drive will be added by the traction control and electronic torque distribution technologies.
Price and Arrival
The 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser is rumored to get a price tag of $25K to $30K for the 2017 model. Fans will be able to get the car only by the end of 2016 or the start of 2017.