Sunday, October 16, 2011

To explore or not to explore?

Not many cars make it from concept at the motor show to creation on the showroom floor without some changes. For once the design team, engineers and finance department have all agreed to recreate an off-road legend. 

The FJ Cruiser pays homage to its predeceasing Toyota FJ Series Land Cruisers which were produced from the 1960’s to 1984. To help maintain tradition, Toyota opted for white roof and wrap around rear windows for their new model. The original FJ Series LandCruisers earned a reputation for their ability to endure the toughest terrains, which is what separates most old 4WD's from new. The majority of today's car manufacturers tune their 'off roaders' for on road use which is attributed to the small number of people who actually take their SUVs off the tarmac and onto the dirt. 

According to the Toyota website, the new version is more than just a reinterpretation of the cult classic FJ40. It's marketed as a comfortable spirited off road vehicle that's designed to deliver loads of retro charisma.The lack of diesel and manual transmission may have the purists upset, however if you appreciate the great outdoors then the new Xplore Toyota FJ Cruiser could be a tempting buy complete with custom matte paint and Bilstein 5100 Series shocks.

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