The Toyota FJ Cruiser is on its way out and unfortunately, it’s for good this time.
But it’s going out with a bang because Toyota is introducing a final edition model for the Middle East, the only place where you can still buy one.
The upcoming FJ Cruiser ‘Final Edition’ is painted beige with a variety of blacked-out accents such as the front grille, bumpers, and even the spare tire cover.
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It’s also fitted with shiny 17-inch wheels as well as door handles and wing mirrors finished in the same shade of aluminium / silver grey.
In terms of powertrain, it uses the iconic 4.0-liter V6 that powers any other FJ Cruiser, tuned to deliver 270 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque – that’s not bad at all.
The company has limited production to 1,000 units, all of which will be exclusively available for buyers in the Middle East.
Toyota hasn’t said anything about pricing yet but it will likely cost a bit more than the standard FJ Cruiser, which has a starting price of around $42,000.
About the Toyota FJ Cruiser
The Toyota FJ Cruiser has enjoyed a long and troubled life.
It was first introduced in 2006 in the U.S. but Toyota has since sold it just about everywhere across the globe.
For some reason, probably to do with its quirky style, car fans absolutely adore it.
The problem is it never really sold well.
Toyota decided to discontinue it in the U.S in 2014 and in most other territories in 2016.
In addition to the Middle East, it will remain available in Chile and the Philippines until the end of 2022.
The unsung heroes of the car world
More than anything else, the FJ Cruiser champions the cause of the ‘unsung heroes’ of the car world.
In other words, all those cars that for whatever reason never really got the credit they deserve.
Car people generally worship these vehicles, probably because everyone loves an underdog.
We’re talking about cars like the VW Phaeton, which believe it or not is basically a Bentley Continental GT underneath or, even better, the Peugeot RCZ coupe.
If we had to pick one, we’d go for the Honda / Acura NSX – both the original one and the modern one.
First introduced in 1990 and revived in 2015, the NSX was designed to go like a Ferrari while priced like an Audi.
After all, the NSX could keep up with the Ferrari 348 in terms of performance figures, but it ‘only’ cost $62,000.
Honda tried to do the same with the modern NSX but it didn’t go as planned: the modern-day NSX costs a whopping $356,000.