Flanked by tree-hugging alternative propulsion vehicles on the Toyota stage, the FJ Cruiser concept stood as the modern reinterpretation of the original FJ 40 and early Land Cruisers that inspired pioneering off-roaders to explore. The concept vehicle was developed Stateside to tap into both the youth market and light-truck segment. Penned by a 25-year-old designer, the FJ Cruiser features a two-piece retracting rear glass panel and convenient rear-access doors. Other interesting details include spotlights mounted on the side mirrors, and integrated (yet removable) dash-mounted GPS unit. The affordable sport/ute rides on a modified Tacoma pickup platform fitted with a supercharged 3.4-liter/250-horsepower V-6. The TRD-enhanced engine is matched with a four-speed automatic transmission and essential four-wheel-drive, complete with low range. Insiders suggest that the FJ will see production for the 2006 model year if reaction is strong on the auto show circuit.
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