Toyota FJ Cruiser
Key off-road attributes of Toyota's FJ Cruiser attest to its ability to traverse rugged terrain and deliver full-scale off-road driving performance.
FJ Cruiser has the best departure and break-over angles in the Toyota 4WD range - 31 and 29 degrees respectively. Its approach angle of 36 degrees is bettered only by the 70 Series.
FJ Cruiser scoops 4x4 of the year award 2011
Toyota's FJ Cruiser capped off its first year on sale in Australia by winning 4x4 Australia magazine's 4x4 of the Year title.
FJ Cruiser beat the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel, Range Rover Vogue TDV8 and Mercedes-Benz G 350 BlueTEC to take the top prize.
Authentic off-road capabilities
Larger angles can allow a vehicle to negotiate steeper climbs or descents without having parts of the vehicle body, such as the bumpers, make contact with the ground.
FJ Cruiser also provides excellent ground clearance under the rear differential and vital chassis components - a minimum of 224mm, second only to the LandCruiser 200 Series.
The adoption of 17-inch wheels and short overhangs - 865mm at the front and 1115mm at the rear - contribute to the FJ Cruiser's off-road prowess.
A vehicle's break-over angle is particularly important for off-road transitions from a level area into a descent and from a climb to flat ground.
A good departure angle can enable a driver who has overshot a turn-off on a steep, narrow track to return in reverse, rather than doing a three-point turn.
Set to join Toyota's local line-up late next month, FJ Cruiser provides basic, capable, affordable, off-road transport for younger buyers with active lifestyles.
It was inspired by the original LandCruiser FJ40, which was known as the vehicle that could travel to, and return from, any extreme environment.
The modern FJ will appeal to serious off-road enthusiasts with its 200kW, 380Nm 4.0-litre petrol V6 engine, dual-range transfer case and large wheel articulation.
FJ Cruiser is fitted with a comprehensive safety package including vehicle stability control, active traction control and anti-skid brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution.
Standard equipment also includes six airbags, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors and active head rests for the front seats.
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