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The Toyota FJ Cruiser has been updated with two new additions to tempt 4×4 fans into exploring their limits.

More than doubling the fuel capacity, and range, of the Toyota FJ Cruiser is a new 87-litre sub-tank. Joining the existing 72-litre main tank, the extra reserve sees total fuel capacity reach 159 litres, allowing for a range of almost 1400km based on the FJ Cruiser’s 11.4 litres per 100km combined cycle fuel economy rating.

Adding to the 4×4 ability of the Toyota FJ Cruiser is a new off-road cruise control system dubbed ‘Crawl’.

Crawl allows for ‘feet-off’ control over severe or slippery terrain and when freeing a stuck vehicle, as well as when traversing up and down steep hills or through mud, sand, gravel or water. By engaging L4 (low-range) – and temporarily disengaging at speeds above 25km/h, or above 10km/h when the rear differential is locked – Crawl automatically maintains a low uniform vehicle speed uphill and downhill by controlling both engine output and brake pressure, allowing drivers to solely concentrate on steering.

To engage the system the vehicle must be stopped with the foot brake on and parking brake off, transfer gear position in L4 and shift lever in any position except Park or Neutral, the car’s vehicle stability control system set to Normal, the second-gear start system switched off and all doors closed. A speed-selector dial on the overhead console then provides the choice of five speeds.

The part-time 4×4 Toyota FJ Cruiser is powered by a 200kW/380Nm 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine and five-speed automatic transmission, and is only available as a single specification model priced from $47,990, which includes $210 services under Toyota’s Service Advantage capped-price servicing program.


  • TG

    Diesel? No? Dear oh dear Toyota…

    • Guest

      It isn’t built with a diesel anywhere in the world. Why would tiny little Australia get special preference? Face it, the whole Australian market is a rounding error in the world market.

      • D987

         … Toyota could sell it with the diesel to those other markets as well

        • Guest

          Sure.. like the US and Middle East?

          Asia and Europe don’t give 2 hoots about this truck so where will diesel sell again? Be thankful it is available here. If it doesn’t suit your lifestyle then go look at something else.

          If anything, whack it on LPG if it concerns you that much. Plenty of 1GR on gas in Hilux that can make it cheaper to run.

          • Tom

            And do tell me where I may be able to find LPG in the outback? Considering this is marketed as a serious off roader, not offering it with a diesel with almost immediately rule it out to many customers. 

          • $29896495

            It’s not really that serious is it? It only has part time 4WD. They’re interesting to look at but man are they big. It’s more a styling exercise that escaped and got made. 

          • Pro346

            Its based on a Prado …why would having part time 4wd make it less of an off roader…..have a look at lots of serious off roaders most old school ones have part time 4wd you simply engage it when its needed.

          • $29896495

            As one of the respondents noted below, it is aimed at the US. We know it can go off road, but most serious and modern 4WDs are constant, even a Subaru. Still this thing is quick and can do some tricks, I think it’s pretty good.

          • Jgh

             Pffff, if you want constant 4WD, select 4WD when you first get in and never touch the switch again. Simple.

          • $29896495

            Well, I do believe that they are not meant to be continuously used on the road at high speeds. unlike constant 4WD. But you do as you like. Buy one and have fun, it’s fast, can go lots of places bet you’ll enjoy it.

          • Cam

            Ifs that the case WHY does it sell so well?????????????

          • $29896495

            Cam, it sells well because people like it – like most of us. Most will never need a diesel or 4wd or LPG. They’re being used as fashion statements. Nice shiny black ones with chrome alloys and so on, 

          • Jgh

             If it sells well, how come it doesn’t make it onto the top 50 selling models in this country? Prado/territory etc are around the 15th ranking, yet this is worse than 50th…

      • Weatherbey

        Why would we need special preference? Get a diesel off the Prado – it’s basically the same chassis etc.

    • F1orce

      Why would you want the horrific D4D over this good 4.0L 1GR-FE V6 ??

      • MisterZed

        Exactly. 380 Nm is more than enough for anyone’s needs.

        • Roundedbrick

          Max torque is at 4400 rpm, in a 4WD you need this at 2000 rpm preferably lower. 4400 is way too high, rev when off road, rev when towing. You can’t beat a lazy turbo diesel for off road and towing work.

          • MisterZed

            I’m sure it would also be producing plenty at 2000 rpm as well. People managed just fine in the days before turbodiesels (naturally aspirated diesels with sfa torque).

          • Roundedbrick

            People managed just fine before before power windows and cruise control too. Doesn’t mean you don’t want them when you hand over 45K for a new vehicle.

          • MisterZed

            The Nissan Patrol DX doesn’t have power windows, and it costs close to $60k. People still buy it.

          • $29896495

            As Mr Zed is saying, and you’d know if you’ve ever driven anything other than a small 4 or turbo 4, is that in fact in any engine torque is produced from idle up. It’s not a flat line that suddenly jumps to maximum. You aren’t waiting for a turbo to spool. Diesels even with out turbos are lazy, it’s all about torque but no top end. 

          • F1orce

            Uhmm 95% of peak torque (like in most Toyota’s) is produced at 2000rpm

            So you’ll have only an extra 19Nm at 4400rpm opposed to 2000rpm

      • Karl Sass

        That engine on lpg would be the way to go.

        • horsie

          yea except trying to find a LPG station in the middle of the outback could be touch. 

          • Karl Sass

            You’d be surprised at where you can get it, all around the coast or through the centre. But you’re right, if you were well off the beaten track you’d have to use petrol, but that’s the beauty of dual fuel.

    • Cars

      Yeh – just dumb Toyota. But imagine if it was anything like the RAV4 Diesel. 500kg towing capacity. You’d be limited to towing a midget in a wheel barrow.

      • $29896495

        Thanks cars, that’s it. It was we the readers who thought it was a waste of time. Can’t tow more than 500kg with out etc…

        • Cars

          keh?

    • Cars

      If they actually bothered to put a diesel in they would be boasting another 360 Km range.

    • Blahblah

      yeah let them bring diesel in so people like you who dont buy them still dont have a reason to buy it

  • horsie

    These cars look terrible in the metal from both inside and out. 
    I would much rather a Prado. 

    • F1orce

      This is more rugged than the prado, which is a wobbly SUV

      • Guest

        This is a Prado with a different body. So really marketing has convinced you it’s more rugged LOL!

        • Cars

          Different body and NO diesel!

      • Zaccy16

        i agree actually  for some reason I’ve always liked the fj cruiser  its got some character that all other toyota suv’s lack, i admire from a far!

        • Cars

          Me too – good from far, far from good!

      • horsie

        Wobbly ! , WTF are you talking about  , you really have no idea do you. 

    • davie

       Shares a lot of stuff with Prado underneath the skin

  • nugsdad

    But I must say I seem to see lots of them on the road, so they must be selling well.
    Probably seen as a civilised  Hummer.

    • yoshisankobe

      I  see more in the dealers lot than on the road

      • Cam

        YOU NEED TO GO TO SPECSAVERS THERE ARE BUCKET LOADS ON THE ROAD!

        • Cars

          Settle down, caps are for guns and nouns. They do nothing for sarcasm.

    • $29896495

      Yeah, lots out here too. Don’t mind the look of them, if a bit slabby and hard to see out of.

    • Adelaide_john

      This was Toyota’s reply to the Hummer

  • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

    I think the “Poke tongue out left side of mouth, stand on head and face east’ has been left out of the instructions on how to engage the crawl function.

    All jokes aside, if it works it would alleviate the bunny hopping effect of bigger drop offs and jumps encountered on the rougher stuff.

    Have sat in one of theseand driven it (over a short distnce) and they are not the easiest cars to see out of or to guage the size of. styling over practicailty wins with this.

    • Cars

      So what you are saying is they are perfect for the desert? Good call! Then they aren’t on our roads!

  • Dathomster

    I remember the days when you needed to know how to actually drive a fourby and not rely on nanny aids

    • Jober As A Sudge

      Yeah…now get off my lawn!

    • zej

       Unfortunately, this generation of drivers need all the electronic nanny aids they can get.

  • Dwaynw

    Recently took a drive in one of the 2012 FJ CRUISERS and the thing that stood out Is that they feel and drive smaller then they look

    And it goes alright for a 2000kg + vehicle and feels much lighter than it actually is.

    The performance is very similar to the sidi SV6 ‘dore

    • Rocket

      Can’t see how the FJ cruiser would match a 3.6 sidi commodore for performance in a straight line or through the bends or why anyone would think that it should as it is a genuine off road 4WD.

      • $29896495

        The story said it was a part time 4WD if I read it correctly. More a capable fashion statement.

        • Jgh

           What does part time 4WD system have to do with being a genuine off road 4WD?
          Part time just means you can select 2WD or 4WD as you see fit and obviously you’d have it in 4WD to go off road – and when you have it selected in 4WD it stays there and is far superior to useless “on demand” systems such as those in fake off roaders like Honda CRV.

          • $29896495

            If I can decipher what you are writing, you are comparing three different types of 4WD. That’s cool, all the best.

        • Karl Sass

          Almost all serious 4WDs are part time, it has no relevance to how capable it is off road. It makes no sense to be using constant high range 4WD on the road, just increases fuel consumption.

          • $29896495

            To be perfectly honest – I don’t give a rats. 4WD does give a handling benefit, Lamborghini, Porsche, Subaru, Ford, and the list goes on – making a statement like that makes no sense.

          • Pro346

            Most of your posts make no sense what so ever…

          • Jgh

            Ah, it’s huwtms classic diversion tactics. He’s been proven wrong yet again, so he’s gone into talking about on road AWD systems for sports cars which have nothing to do with off roaders.
            He’s not even correct with his diversion topic anyway. Porsche and Ford’s best handling models are 2WD. Why do you think Porsche take the 4WD OUT of the 911 Turbo to make their best handling model the GT2? Lamborgini only use 4WD for off the line acceleration.

            This of course has nothing to do with off roading. Why can’t you face the facts that part time 4WD systems are the basis for most serious off roaders?

          • Karl Sass

            I think you’re confusing AWD and 4WD.

  • MisterZed

    $47,990… yikes, these have gotten expensive. Used to be $44,990 when it first came out.

    • yoshisankobe

      I recall off the lot price starting at $42990. to beat the Jeep wrangler Toyota made it clear that was the bench mark they were chasing  ????  but Toyota’s way is slowly nudge the price …………..oops and our AU$ is so strong ????  Jeep wrangler can still be bought off the lot at$43000 ………..

      • MisterZed

        Nah, never was that low. Started off at $44,990, which meant an on the road price of about $49k. They were never discounted initially. Price then went up to $46,490 the next year, when supply was increased.

    • $29896495

      Toyota hasn’t gotten with the price reduction program yet.

  • Moanotherbeer

    4 years ago up the sand dune in UAE, this car a Nissan Titan (5.6 liter). with 4 liter and that amount of torque, diesel is not necessary unless the price discrepancy between the petrol and diesel is marginal. the way Toyota price their diesel variants over petrol is ridiculous and as such petrol is still teh better choice.

    • Henry Toussaint

       Diesels can go further on one tank and usually can produce more torque.

      • F1orce

        Did you not read the article?

        If range is your problem this FJ CRUISER updates brings with it extra 87L tank

        • Henry Toussaint

           I know, but in general.

        • Weatherbey

          I wouldn’t mind an extra tank for a diesel.

  • Al Tungupon

    It runs on the same chassis as the Prado, so how hard can putting a diesel engine be? The FJ Cruiser is meant to be like the original Land Cruiser, which itself had the oiler motor.

    • Italstali

      The FJ Cruiser is kinda aimed at the American market

      so i highly doubt they’ll put a diesel just for australia sake

      besides have you ever driven the FJ? its pretty damn good drive as a daily runabout 

      the 0-100 sprint is in the 7′s so it has some pepp 

      • $29896495

        Gee some people around here would consider 7 sec beyond the tolerance of the human body. Impossible to breath etc. I believe that its target market is more tarmac than rocks even though it’s reasonably capable.

        • Al Tungupon

          For mountain climbing, you’d much rather have the natural torque of a diesel than increase the displacement of a petrol engine and make a joke out of its fuel economy. America seems to dictate everything, but heck, then them for cup holders.

  • The Real Wile E

    Big hat no cattle

  • Homer

    Nissan, take note, you are always behind and play a catch up game. You should have done this to your pathfinder loser. Once a loser will always be a loser

  • I Like

    I really like the FJ, though that colour is horrible. I prefer it in black and don’t mind the yellow.

    Though, seeing it’s aimed directly at the American market, who seem to go for petrol (hence the Patrol petrol), I doubt we will see the 1KD put into it any time soon.

    The interior is a bit strange, but I guess that’s the whole appeal of the thing, a throw back to the original FJ 40.

  • Ted

    Where is the Turbo Diesel for Australia, Toyota !!

    • $29896495

      Remember Toyota’s Diesels are over heating at the moment. Might be another reason it’s not in this or the RAV.

      • Jgh

         How could they be overheating, its a Japanese engine right?

        • $29896495

          Hey it’s all Greek to me, or is that Macedonian.

  • Ted

    Well, the RAV does has a Diesel engine available !

    • $29896495

      The new one? I would have sworn it was the RAV in fact the release story in here. I think you’ll find unless I have the wrong Toyota, the diesel has been dropped.

      • Ted

        I do not understand your words – the release story here, that were are writing these responses against, are about the FJ Cruiser and NOT the RAV.  This car (FJ (Cruiser) does not have the diesel, however the RAV does have the diesel now, where previously it never had.

        • $29896495

          Like I wrote I could be wrong about which car it is. Apparently I am. But there is a story in here some where in the last month or so stating what I repeated. Question is which Toyota. Still not relevant here because it’s petrol only. 

          • Ted

            I will return to Uni again to understand, – RAV has the diesel, but FJ Cruiser does not have it available in Aust..

          • $29896495

            ted, cars above has it, the RAV in diesel can’t tow more than 500KG  and so on.. 

  • gtrxuone

    A lot of punters are dissapointed by the no diesel option.We all know that won’t happen unless the Usa ask for it.
    The reserve tank is a great idea.Perfect for serious offroading.Fj landcruiser is seriously cool.

  • Madeholly1

    these trucks have been out for years in the states and have only been introduced here recently.  If you dont like the petrol dont buy 1.  I drove one of these in florida and they are awesome machine.  keep tyre kicking bloggers

  • Try First…

    If you haven’t got behind the wheel of one, don’t pre-judge. These are such a nice vehicle to drive, yes hard to see out of in traffic and a bit tight  in the back seats (with no wind down window) but  they are just about the only critisizms you can level at the FJ besides the rugged styling i guess. For the price though, they are outstanding value given the list of inclusions. They are better than Prado Offroad (on which they are based) for resons like approach, departure & ramp over angles, Trick active track Diff locking that stops lifted wheels spinning and diverts drive to the grounded rubber more effectively. The diesel would only make these great machines better for the long range towing set. (I’d have one too..)

  • Crazy n00b

    The only reason why you’d want a diesel is so that it sounds like a truck. 

    This is my mathematics here….Diesel has about 20% better fuel economy than petrol. But diesel costs 10% more at the bowser. Diesel costs a bucket load more to service. The initial purchase price of the diesel is higher and if something goes wrong with the engine, diesel costs 5x more expensive to repair. Is what I am saying correct?

    • $29896495

      I think your mathematics is sound. Not only for this but anything else that doesn’t strictly need to be diesel.

    • horsie

      um, no

  • P_baumgartner666

    @Huwtm

    Sorry mate, but my eyes are bleeding from all the misinformed dribble you have written. Please remember: One must not speak about what one does not know. Cheers

    • $29896495

      In reference to what? You are coming to the discussion fairly late and making a needless statement aimed directly at me. Back it up or shut up!