It’s been four years since the Toyota FJ Cruiser was discontinued in the US. Last year it saw the last units on production lines in Japan. We could expect its comeback, but not so soon. The Japanese carmaker is planning to bring back the off-road SUV to rival Jeep Wrangler. Whatsoever, the 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser would go through a serious redesign and re-engineering process.
Trusted sources from the company are reporting about the small 4×4 off-road SUV. The first model coming to our minds is FJ Cruiser. But, this doesn’t mean we are right. Even if it is not 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser, the new crossover will use a lot of similar solutions as its predecessor. All in all, fans will wait eagerly for the official information from Toyota. They definitely need a true off-roader to compete with Wrangler.
2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser V-6 Engine and Specs
It is unlikely for 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser to use an old engine. Right from the first appearance, it was a 4.0-liter V-8 unit. The drivetrain is capable for an off-road drive and very reliable, but the FJ Cruiser needs modernization. Jeep installed V-6 and inline-four into its Wrangler. A V-8 can’t compete with smaller mills, that can make the same amount of power.
Instead, the 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser could get a V-6 as the base solution. The right choice could be the same engine Highlander SUV is using. With a 3.5-liter drivetrain, the off-road crossover can count on almost 300 horsepower. On the other hand, torque is not so great with 265 pound-feet.
The alternative to the V-6 is turbo-four engine. It should be the latest engine we can see powering Toyota Camry. Its rival Jeep Wrangler is using a 2.0-liter engine. Toyota will copy this for FJ Cruiser with a 300 hp rated turbo-four unit. It pairs a 10-speed automatic transmission. The crossover will be heavier, so it is not going to sprint as fast as the Camry. For comparison, the Jeep Wrangler is getting 270 horses and 300 lb-ft from its turbocharged four-cylinder mill. Before this year’s tuning, Camry returned similar outputs.
2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser Redesign
Not only that 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser requires a new engine or engines, the crossover must suffer a redesign. Nevertheless, it will keep its recognizable shapes and parts. Well, the off-road vehicle will bring back memories. Big spare wheels and big tires will make it too rugged for street ride. Big mirrors will somehow make it up for bad blind spots. The concept of the vehicle we could see is too big for the compact vehicle, and it is more oriented to battle Hummer, rather than Jeep Wrangler. So, the downsizing it is certain.
2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser Launch Date
The future of the 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser as Jeep Wrangler’s rival depends on its competitor. Experts, fans, enthusiasts, everyone wants to know what does the FCA plans with its legendary crossover. It could appear as the pickup truck. This would make a life of 2019 FJ Cruiser a lot easier. So, Toyota is not going to rush. They will prepare the crossover steadily and wait for the right moment to launch it. We hope this will happen in first quarter of 2019.