During the launch event of the new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota revealed a teaser photo of a mysterious SUV model. The design of the car is similar to the namesake line which they discontinued in 2022, the FJ Cruiser.
In early November, the company registered the copyright for the name Land Cruiser FJ in Japan, allowing the press in this country to immediately associate this name with the FJ Cruiser.
The suffix FJ in the new model name refers to the FJ Cruiser produced from 2006 to late 2022. This SUV line was previously renowned for its design, body structure, engine and chassis, all of which prioritize off-road support. Therefore, a new member with FJ Cruiser quality is also extremely suitable for the Land Cruiser lineup.
If the Toyota Land Cruiser FJ follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, the car will be sized between the RAV4 and the Highlander, meaning it will be in the upper group of the mid-size SUV segment. However, information released from Japan suggests the car is likely to sit slightly lower, on par with the Toyota Corolla Cross.
The strong off-road characteristics of both the Land Cruiser and FJ Cruiser promise to be retained on the Toyota Land Cruiser FJ. To do this, it is highly likely that the car will use a different body frame structure like its bigger brother, the Land Cruiser. The above platform supports both regular and hybrid internal combustion engines well.
The fact that Toyota has no interest in electric cars using older technology at the present time makes the point that the Toyota Land Cruiser FJ is a pure electric car. Even if there is a pure electric version of the Land Cruiser FJ, this version will not be released before 2026 to take advantage of the Japanese corporation’s new batteries. Meanwhile, the internal combustion engine version could launch by 2024.
At the end of the third quarter, Toyota registered Land Hopper, another name used for the Land Cruiser series. However, at the Japan Mobility Show 2023, the above name was confirmed to be used for a 3-wheel electric vehicle concept.
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