Toyota Gives Living Funeral to FJ Cruiser by Means of Trail Teams Ultimate Edition [2013 SEMA Show]

Aiming to win longest-vehicle-name honors, Toyota has introduced a special-edition FJ Cruiser to commemorate the final year of its existence: the FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Ultimate edition. That’s right, Toyota is putting the kibosh on FJ production after the 2014 model year, the automaker said at this year’s SEMA show. More than 200,000 FJs have been sold since the model’s introduction in 2006.

The FJ Cruiser owes much of its DNA to the 1960s FJ40 Land Cruiser, so Toyota tapped into that vehicle’s history to come up with the Ultimate edition’s Heritage Blue body and white grille. The roof rack, rock rails, and skid plate are fashioned from quarter-inch-thick aluminum. The Ultimate edition rolls on BF Goodrich All-Terrain A/T KO tires wrapped around Toyota Racing Development 16-inch gunmetal gray bead lock wheels. Inside its suicide doors, the Ultimate FJ continues its rugged-in-the-city look, mixing a leather steering wheel and rear privacy glass with an inclinometer and a compass. Being a special edition, there is the requisite dash plaque.

Thanks to TRD, the Ultimate edition isn’t just a pretty face. Off-road ready and able to wade through 28-inch-deep water, this FJ has TRD Bilstein shocks—2.6 inches front, 2.0 inches rear—with remote reservoirs. Engineers paid special attention to increasing the FJ’s damping, as well as high-speed stability and articulation. Befitting of that rugged image, the Ultimate edition is available only with all-wheel drive and comes with the brand’s Crawl Control.

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Toyota isn’t talking pricing for the Ultimate edition quite yet, but that information should become available closer to February, when the 2500 examples will go on sale. Considering the off-road-at-all-costs nature of the FJ Cruiser, we think the Land Cruiser–inspired Trails Team Ultimate edition is about as perfect of a sending off as one could imagine.

Say goodnight, FJ Cruiser.

2013 SEMA Show

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