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Here's a photo gallery for the current photos we have for the Toyota TJ Cruiser (FT-4X). If you find any other photos, feel free to post them and add to the collection!!


 

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Always thought it was important to start at the very core of this product and that's the classic FJ. The most recent FJ was nice but not a true successor the classic FJ we all love.

Just have a look at this infographic, anyones appreciation for the TJ will grow!

 

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That vertical-removable glass window thing still gets me as a seriously cool feature. But what are the odds that they'll have that on the production model? It isn't something really far fetched and concept esque, but it does look a little costly opposed to just having a standard window in place.
 

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That thing seems cool, but in the real world it seems pretty cumbersome to remove and re-install. Would be a better design if it slides away or lift upwards on a hinge instead of being completely removed.
 

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That would actually be a lot more helpful, didn't think of that. When you remove those glass panels, you'd have to take up a little bit of cargo space to store them as well. Because it's glass, I would be really weary about it as well.
 

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Always thought it was important to start at the very core of this product and that's the classic FJ. The most recent FJ was nice but not a true successor the classic FJ we all love.

Just have a look at this infographic, anyones appreciation for the TJ will grow!

I have no doubt that as a crossover the appreciation for this concept will grow.

However as a successor to the classic FJ this crossover will never fit the bill. Let's be honest, with unibody construction and suspension limitations this will not be the go anywhere do anything vehicle we all want it to be. The FJ Cruiser as it stands now is light years closer to being a successor to the classic FJ just in the off-road capabilities.

I yearn for a true successor to the classic FJ, and that's not because I'm not a Jeep fan. The FJ Cruisers keep up with the Jeeps to a point and the ones that can go toe to toe with other models in the same class are modified to do so.

I like the TJ as a crossover but Toyota will have to go back to the drawing board and build something body on frame, solid axles front and rear, bullet proof drivetrain that the classic FJ was known for to hit the mark.
 

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Always thought it was important to start at the very core of this product and that's the classic FJ. The most recent FJ was nice but not a true successor the classic FJ we all love.

Just have a look at this infographic, anyones appreciation for the TJ will grow!

I have no doubt that as a crossover the appreciation for this concept will grow.

However as a successor to the classic FJ this crossover will never fit the bill. Let's be honest, with unibody construction and suspension limitations this will not be the go anywhere do anything vehicle we all want it to be. The FJ Cruiser as it stands now is light years closer to being a successor to the classic FJ just in the off-road capabilities.

I yearn for a true successor to the classic FJ, and that's not because I'm not a Jeep fan. The FJ Cruisers keep up with the Jeeps to a point and the ones that can go toe to toe with other models in the same class are modified to do so.

I like the TJ as a crossover but Toyota will have to go back to the drawing board and build something body on frame, solid axles front and rear, bullet proof drivetrain that the classic FJ was known for to hit the mark.


Current FJ is due for a refresh and fact is, SUV/CUV segments are hot an Toyota wants a piece of it. Although they have the CH-R and 4-Runner, the TJ alone targets a special crowd, lucrative at that.

I have a feeling we'll be seeing both a TJ and FJ.

And who knows maybe my dreams of a Lexus "G-Class" with something based of the future FJ :D
 

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The current FJ was cut short in NA at least for 2014. The sales just weren't there at all and I'm not too sure if they're really going to bring it back. They have sold RHD models up until last year, so maybe only those regions would get an updated one. I can't see them making the attempt again in NA anytime soon.
 

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The FJ is definitely due for a refresh considering the fact that the 2014 FJ Cruiser was the last model year, but I doubt Toyota would bring two similarly designed vehicles to their lineup around the same time. They would just be competing with each other.

Though if the FJ does make a comeback, I will probably choose it over the TJ because the unique SUV was competent off-road, had good power and you could get one for a decent price. And of course the body on-frame construction. Not many options left after the FJ Cruiser was discontinued along with the Xterra, but I can understand why Toyota would want to appeal to those who drive predominantly on pavement.
 

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The FJ is definitely due for a refresh considering the fact that the 2014 FJ Cruiser was the last model year, but I doubt Toyota would bring two similarly designed vehicles to their lineup around the same time. They would just be competing with each other.

Though if the FJ does make a comeback, I will probably choose it over the TJ because the unique SUV was competent off-road, had good power and you could get one for a decent price. And of course the body on-frame construction. Not many options left after the FJ Cruiser was discontinued along with the Xterra, but I can understand why Toyota would want to appeal to those who drive predominantly on pavement.
Because people want the image without the lifestyle to back it up, simple as that. Its why you see a lot of cars, some build with a specific purpose in mind, but rarely being used in that way. This goes with almost any product you can buy, not just cars.
 

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Admittedly, I wanted a Wrangler to portray that lifestyle and it would be able to handle anything I throw at it. Then I remembered Jeep cars aren't exactly known for reliability and backed away from it.

The TJ Cruiser may not be as competent off-road, but it'll probably last longer without much effort on my end.
 

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Base trims are pretty lackluster these days, but I would go for the higher trim if the price difference is reasonable. Around $2,000 difference to get what I want is fine with me. Probably get some heated seats with better upholstery.
 

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The Wranglers really aren't that bad at all though, and once you maintain em', you'll find they could probably last just as long. May be slightly more expensive to maintain and buy parts for but not by much at all.

Overall cost of purchasing a brand new one though, you'll obviously be paying more than you would for a TJ
 

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well this is a Toyota and with so many products that share the same platform and components, its going to be easier here to get parts and pay for them. we have no confirmation of what will make it here but once we do i assure you that.... you have seen it already... ALL in typical Toyota fashion.
 

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I wouldn't say no to a few items from the 4Runner parts bin and if anything goes wrong, it'll be easier to source the parts. If the TJ Cruiser does go into production, I'm hoping it'll look very similar to the concept. Don't you just hate it when car companies water down the designs so much for production?
 

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Never notice until now, but the headlamps share the same blue LED ring as the door handles on the TJ Cruiser concept. I'd like to see some kind of under lighting for the handles so I can see them at night, but not really a necessity.
 

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Never notice until now, but the headlamps share the same blue LED ring as the door handles on the TJ Cruiser concept. I'd like to see some kind of under lighting for the handles so I can see them at night, but not really a necessity.
Here is an actual close-up of the headlights. Wish they were turned on to see the blue.
 

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