It all started with a Rukus, now Toyota Australia has confirmed it will add the quirky Toyota FJ Cruiser to the local range in the first quarter of 2011.

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Due to make its local debut at the Australian International Motor Show in October, the retro-styled Toyota FJ Cruiser boasts a pedigree stretching back 50 years to the FJ40 LandCruiser.

With the original becoming an icon among off-road enthusiasts, the new model captures this heritage with its body-on-frame structure, short wheelbase, stocky appearance and the arrangement of its headlights and grille.

Its boxy proportions incorporate a near-vertical windscreen with three wiper blades, white roof, wrap-around rear windows and reverse-opening rear doors.

"FJ Cruiser has loads of character that isn't found in any other SUV, let alone one that is built for off-road terrain," Mr Buttner said."It will be a lot of fun to own and drive, satisfying those who want a modern vehicle with the boulder-crawling spirit of Toyota's legendary off-roaders," he said.

In the US, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is equipped with a 4.0-litre V6 engine developing 194kW which is likely to be the case with the Australian-delivered models, mated to either a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

The FJ Cruiser will also be the only model in Toyota's modern line-up to use the name Toyota spelled across the grille in place of the corporate emblem.

US model shown.

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