It’s sad to say that another capable off-road model is facing the retirement news – Toyota is marking the end of the road for the vintage-flavored SUV with the Final Edition, as production is ready to wrap up.
The enjoyable off-roader was actually decommissioned from the United States back at the start of 2014 when Toyota announced the Trails Teams Edition and now Toyota is about to officially cease production for every other market – though not before sending it off into the sunset with a Final Edition. The model’s swan song is unfortunately exclusive to its home market of Japan, where just one color – beige – is being offered both for the exterior and interior on the seat upholstery and the sides of the center console. The light color is mixed with black accents inside and out, and the FJ Cruiser also gets unique side steps and bespoke 20-inch alloy wheels.
Under the vented bonnet lies the just as retro 4.0-liter V6 gasoline engine linked to a five-speed automatic transmission delivering power to all wheels. We’re seriously hoping this is not the end – just a detour – for the retro SUV with real off-road capabilities, and perhaps Toyota is thinking about doing the same as Land Rover with the Defender, by just giving it a breather for a couple of years. After all this year’s edition of the New York Auto Show did come out with the FT-4X concept that looked like a FJ Cruiser from the future.