Why was the Toyota FJ Cruiser discontinued? |

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Published on December 26th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Why was the Toyota FJ Cruiser discontinued?

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The loveable FJ Cruiser has been discontinued, making the 2014 FJ Cruiser the last model year. This was the last of the rugged looking Toyota 4×4 ready to take you exploring. The 10-year-old design of the FJ Cruiser still looks very fresh and inviting and we think Toyota should keep producing this rugged 4×4. All that is needed is to refresh the basic interior and change the suicide doors to 4 proper doors and you will have yourself another 10 years of global sales success.

If you have never noticed this rugged looking 4×4 Toyota SUV let us share with you some vital information about it.

The FJ Cruiser is a true off-road vehicle that draws on the styling and heritage of the classic Toyota FJ40 that started life back in the 1960s and kept alive all the way into the 1980s.

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Aside from new LED tail lamps, almost everything externally has been left unchanged for the refresh, including the white roof, unique grille and wrap-around rear side windows, all signature elements of the original FJ40.

The FJ Cruiser has two main forward-hinged doors and two smaller rear-hinged access doors that open to 90 degrees for rear-seat access. The FJ Cruiser comes equipped with an upgraded 4.0-litre V6. A 5-speed automatic is standard on all trims, but there is also a 6-speed manual base model which is very rare.

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Imported into Malaysia via the gray market, this Toyota comes with power steering, power windows, central locking, manual A/C, radio & CD player/USB/AUX/Bluetooth support, water-resistant fabric seats, front fog lamps, rear parking sensors, full-time 4×4, rear-diff lock and 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic gearbox, power mirrors, crawl control, dashboard display, navigation, rear-view camera, rear window wiper and part-time 4×4, 8 speakers, steering wheel with audio and telephone controls, leather-stitched steering wheel, front skid plate protector, spare wheel hard cover, and lot of chrome pieces such as the exhaust tip, grille, door mirrors and door handles.

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You can also find some later versions of the FJ with Bluetooth, steering wheel with audio and telephone controls, rear parking sensors, iPod support, driver arm rest, 10 JBL speakers & subwoofer, rear-view camera, spare wheel cover and on the exterior there are smoked lights, blackened grille, door handles and door mirrors, hood scoop, Bushwacker fender flares, Fox suspensions and performance exhaust with catback system.

Almost all Malaysian owners never take this Toyota SUV offroad and so you can find very decent 2011 units selling from RM130,000 to RM150,000 for 2013 units. Yellow and blue seems to be the favorite colours.

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Unregistered units from 2013 onwards have a price tag starting from RM165,000. It is a buyers market and with a 4.0L engine and our economy, you can bargain at least RM20-25k with the dealer.


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