$81,500 – that’s the amount of money someone paid for a 2014 FJ Cruiser 63 miles at the end of last year Bring A Trailer. The popularity of retro SUVs has increased in recent years after Toyota retired the model from the United States in late 2017 with the Final Edition. However, and this will surprise some, the model is still very lively and kicking.
This video was uploaded a few days ago on Youtube it may be a bit old, but a press release issued by Toyota earlier this week confirmed that the FJ Cruiser is still in production. The company has emailed about production adjustments in Japan in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and semiconductor shortages. Off-roader assembly will be on hiatus for a few days, but in general, Toyota is still making it.
Introduced in 2006, the FJ Cruiser is being assembled by Toyota subsidiary Hino Motors at the Hamura plant in Japan from where the model is exported to various countries. Currently no commissions until Tuesday, February 1stst when assembly will resume unless further adjustments will be made to the production plan.
We did a little digging and found the body-on-frame truck showing up on Toyota’s website for the Middle East where it carries a starting price of the equivalent of $41,000. The FJ Cruiser is also available in South Africa for a little over $48,000 and in the Philippines starting at $41,500. These are just three examples, so let us know if they are still for sale in your country.
While the 16-year-old FJ Cruiser holds out for now, Toyota may have given us a glimpse of its spiritual successor with an electric powertrain. Reviewing its EV product roadmap back in December, one of the 15 new cars that popped up on camera was a relatively small blue SUV dubbed the “Compact Cruiser EV” which looks a lot like an adorable box on wheels.
It’s unclear when the production version will follow, though we don’t expect to see it in showrooms in the next few years.