Toyota unveiled the final special variant of the FJ Cruiser with the Trail Teams Ultimate Edition at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Ultimate Edition pays tribute to the iconic model which officially ends production by next year. It will have a production limited to 2,500 units.
The FJ Ultimate Edition pays tribute to the iconic Land Cruiser FJ40 of the 1960’s, from which the FJ Cruiser draws its rugged DNA, inspiration and design. A unique white painted front grille surround and newly developed ‘Heritage Blue’ paint are reminiscent of the classic FJ40.
Functional performance upgrades for off-road driving have been fitted to the commemorative edition. Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has developed a special off-road suspension for the Ultimate Edition. The new suspension includes TRD Bilstein race shocks, TRD race coil springs, and the rear shocks are equipped with remote reservoirs to decrease damping fade. It also comes with a TRD front skid plate, TRD 16-inch bead lock wheels with BF Goodrich A/T KO tires, rock rails and roof rack complete the exterior.
The Ultimate Edition FJ Cruiser is only available in 4x4 and comes standard with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Crawl Control (CRAWL available with automatic transmission only), Vehicle Skid Control (VSC) with off switch and electronically controlled locking rear differential. In addition, the Toyota Star Safety System is standard.
The retro-styled Toyota FJ was first introduced in 2006 and has since sold more than 200,000 units. The iconic model was conceptualized in the mid-1990s by product planner Dave Danzer which was supported by now company CEO Akio Toyoda leading to a concept debut in 2003.
The iconic model was introduced to the Philippine market this year and is expected to be sold until the end of its product life cycle next year. The Trail Teams Ultimate Edition will roll into US dealership in February 2014, to kick off a farewell to the FJ Cruiser.