If we can rely on the latest reports, expect to see 2020 Toyota FJ Cruiser inspired by the FT-4X concept pretty soon. The crossover market is getting pretty crowded but Toyota management believes there is still place for one more. Still, we must say that this one will be slightly different. It looks like the company is aiming primarily to younger drivers, but the 2020 Toyota FJ Cruiser will be also a capable off-road machine.
Therefore, count on a lot of versatility in this SUV. It will offer great on-road driving characteristics but should be able to overcome hard terrains as well. Therefore, many see this model not just as a successor of the legendary original version of the FJ Cruiser, but Scion xB as well. Although many reports suggest its soon arrival, the fact is that we are still waiting to hear something from the officials. Therefore, take the following info with a dose of a reserve.
The original FJ Cruiser came in 2006 and it was on sale in North America since 2014. During these eight years of production, it didn’t manage to become hugely popular, but sales were quite decent. Moreover, there is still a die-hard fan core of this model. Simply, this SUV proved itself as a much better alternative to the iconic Jeep Wrangler. Two models are the ultimate off-roaders. While performances in terms of on and off-road drive are pretty similar, the Wrangler definitely can’t match FJ Cruiser’s reliability and durability. Moreover, it doesn’t go even close. Therefore, many of us were very happy to see that the 2020 Toyota FJ Cruiser is coming back.
2020 Toyota FJ Cruiser Design
Unfortunately, the new 2020 Toyota FJ Cruiser won’t be as capable as the original model. Latest reports suggest that the new model will have most things in common with the FT-4X, a concept crossover that was presented two years ago.
When it comes to base 2020 Toyota FJ Cruiser specs, the first thing that comes to mind is the platform. The FT-4X concept features a unibody platform, so we expect the same from the production model. In practice, this means the company’s new TNGA platform, which underprints pretty much everything that came from the Japanese manufacturer in the past several years. In practice, this means less off-road capabilities than before, but the new 2020 Toyota FJ Cruiser will be much more usable on the road. It will be a subcompact crossover, designed to be both usable on and off the road, with focus on practicality.
2020 Toyota FJ Cruiser Styling
In terms of the styling, we have no doubt that the 2020 Toyota FJ Cruiser will be heavily inspired by the FT-4X concept. Moreover, many experts believe that most of the design solutions will carry over into serial production.
Exterior and Interior
The last sentence definitely refers to the exterior design. The new crossover should come with a pretty similar look, which is characterized by a pretty boxy shape and lots of angular lines. Toyota will accentuate its capability, but such a shape will also provide plenty of practicality. Most of us believe that the interesting two-way-opening tailgate design will find its way to the serial production, which will, along with the wide and angular tail doors, provide easy loads and unloads of large objects. The new model will also come with tons of exclusive details on the inside, though we expect less of them compared to the FT-4X. Logically, the company will cut production costs and offer something more common parts as well.
2020 Toyota FJ Cruiser Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, the 2020 Toyota FJ Cruiser won’t be so untypical. It will come with familiar engines that usually go with the new TNGA architecture. Some reports suggest that base models will come with a 2.0-liter unit with around 144 horsepower. Also, there is a chance to see a new 2.0-liter engine, which has a max output of 169 horsepower. Of course, we expect something more in higher trims. Most likely, that will be a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which delivers 235 horsepower. Of course, we also count on a hybrid version in the future, though exact details are still unknown.
2020 Toyota FJ Cruiser Release Date and Price
The 2020 Toyota FJ Cruiser is still under development and despite that many reports suggest its soon arrival, we don’t expect to see it before the next year. When it comes to the price, base models will probably go around 25.000 dollars.