The 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser is a modern SUV that harkens back to the glory days of the venerable FJ40. Although modern in many aspects, the FJ Cruiser looks intentionally old-school. It has a retro approach to its exterior design, which surprisingly comes as a breath of fresh air to the marker crowded with futuristic-looking SUVs.
This SUV is primarily oriented towards city dwellers, who prefer going outside the city limits and hitting the off-road from time to time. Although the FJ Cruiser shares its platform with the Toyota 4Runner, it has its own unique set of features that make it special.
2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser – Unusual Design
When looking at the 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser, one will immediately notice its unusual design. The look of this SUV is strongly inspired by the look of the Toyota FJ40. This comes as a no surprise since the FJ40 was one of Toyota’s most popular SUVs back in the 1960’s. The FJ Cruiser’s exterior design is, of course, a heavily updated version of that venerable design.
When it comes to the most distinguishing features of the 2019 edition, we should mention an upright square design language, a remodeled, wide grille, and retro round headlights. Aside from these, the 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser will also feature a white cap roof, offset combination lamps, and silver painted bumper extenders.
All in all, the FJ Cruiser looks like a very interesting blend of retro styling and modern design touches. As such, it will certainly satisfy those looking for a more vintage feeling, as well as those looking for something more contemporary.
The interior of the 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser is quite functional and pleasing to the eye. In general, it is highly ergonomic, convenient and rugged, but not as comfortable as some other, top-of-the-line SUVs. Its cabin can accommodate up to 5 passengers and offer a decent amount of cargo space.
The front seats are comfortable enough, while the floor is covered with rubber, which means it can take a lot of abuse. Overall, in terms of design, the 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser interior is very similar to its exterior.
This means we should expect lots of boxy and blocky design solutions. While this look might not be super attractive, it ensures plenty of durability and ruggedness.
In the tech department, we will most likely see air conditioning, keyless entry and exit, adaptive cruise control, an 11-speaker JBL sound system, USB, Bluetooth and more.
Engine Specs and Performance
So far, there have been only rumors when it comes to the potential engine for the upcoming 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser. These rumors mostly point out to a 4.0-liter V-6 engine, which is capable of producing 260 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque.
With it, the FJ Cruiser will achieve an EPA rating of 16/20 mpg with a two-wheel drive, and 17/20 mpg with a 4-wheel drive. The engine will most likely come coupled with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Expected Release Date and Price
There is still no concrete news about the release date for the upcoming 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser. However, the majority of sources point out to a mid-2018 release window. When it comes to the price, it is expected to be around $30.000.