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Toyota Ending FJ Cruiser Production With Ultimate Edition

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On: Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 10:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Ending FJ Cruiser Production With Ultimate Edition

As so often happens, some good news has surfaced with some bad news. Bad News: Toyota announced last week that it plans to end production of the FJ Cruiser, one of the few remaining hardcore off-roaders on the market and a natural alternative to a Jeep Wrangler, at the end of the 2014 model year. Good News: Prior to towing it out into the sunset, Toyota is offering the extra-rugged Trail Teams Ultimate Edition, which it calls " toughest and most capable FJ ever." It introduced the special edition at the SEMA Show. 

Even more so than the standard FJ Cruiser, the Ultimate Edition pays tribute to the Land Cruiser FJ40 of the 1960s with a new Heritage Blue paint job and painted white grille surround. Blacked out bumpers, mirror caps and door handles add some contrast.

Of course, you don't get to be the most capable FJ ever with a bunch of makeup. The Ultimate Edition also packs some serious equipment upgrades, starting with a custom,race-inspired Toyota Racing Development (TRD) off-road suspension. That system includes TRD Bilstein race shocks with increased damping, articulation and high speed stability. The suspension also lifts the front end up a tad, improving the approach angle. A heavy duty, 1/4-inch front skid plate is there as back-up protection, and the Ultimate Edition also has rock rails and a roof rack.

The Ultimate Edition comes exclusively in 4x4, and the four wheels at work areTRD 16-inch bead lock wheels with BF Goodrich A/T KO tires. The 4x4 gets some help fromActive Traction Control (A-TRAC), Crawl Control (with automatic transmission only) and Vehicle Skid Control (VSC) with an electronically controlled locking rear differential.

Inside, the Ultimate Edition has a dashboard plaque recognizing its special status, privacy rear glass, a leather trimmed steering wheel, a 115V/400W AC power outlet, and a multi-information display with inclinometer, compass and outside temperature. A remote keyless entry provides access.

Toyota has started selling the standard 2014 FJ Cruiser and will add the Ultimate Edition to the line-up in February of next year. It plans to build 2,500 versions of the special edition. When it does hit the market, off-roaders will have a selection of two very intriguing powder blue 4x4s - the Ultimate Edition and the Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition.

Toyota introduced the FJ Cruiser as a basic, affordable, rugged off-roader in 2006. Since then, it's sold more than 200,000 models.

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