You read right. Toyota will make one last 2022 model year FJ.
Did you think Toyota was done making the FJ Cruiser? Production for the hot off-roader stopped in 2014 here, but it continued somewhere else, and we're not talking about the rumored EV. First, there's the fact it continued until 2017 in Japan, where the lineup was ended with a capstone FJ Cruiser Final Edition. However, production has not stopped in the Middle East, where you could buy one all along. Shame you can't import it.
Now, a Middle Eastern dealer has announced a 1,000-car run of the Toyota FJ Cruiser Final Edition, though it may be better to call it the "Last One We Promise Edition." This will, probably, maybe, be the last run of new FJ Cruisers ever produced.
Abdul Latif Jameel Motors said as much in a press release. The dealership is an authorized distributor of Toyota vehicles in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and has been since 1995. It has said that the FJ Cruiser is set to discontinue production by December of 2022. After 15 years, these Final Edition vehicles will be made and limited to 1,000 units.
Jei Fujita, Toyota's Chief Representative in the Middle East and Central Asia said: "Although the model will be discontinued, the excitement of off-road capabilities lives on with other adventure-ready Toyota vehicles such as the iconic Land Cruiser, GR Sport Variant, and Prado. I would like to thank our customers for continuing to inspire us to develop ever-better cars tailored to the needs of motorists in the region and beyond."
Unfortunately, we don't have any images of the Final Edition FJ. Luckily, all you have to do is picture this car in beige. Or, you can check this article on Japan's Final Edition. The two are nearly identical. All models will be done in single-tone, which means the car's iconic white roof is out for this model. On top of that, much of the interior will be beige including the seats and center cluster trim.
Toyota will also black out the grille, bumpers, mirrors, door handles, and tire cover. All cars will get Final Edition badging (because what's a special edition without that?) with the car's unique "X of 1,000" numbering.
No powertrain changes will be made for the last of the FJs. All are powered by a 4.0-liter V6 with 270 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. These cars also have Toyota's A-TRAC traction control system, crawl control, and an e-locking diff.
This will also be the final (probably) model year for the FJ Cruiser. For real this time. Toyota says it is discontinuing the model in the Middle Eastern market after this model year, meaning the FJ is now officially dead. We can now go back to paying well over what they cost new for them on the used car market.