* Middle East region bids farewell to icon with launch of special commemorative edition of popular SUV

Toyota has announced the launch of the 2023 FJ Cruiser in the Middle East, together with a special ‘Final Edition’ grade to mark the iconic vehicle’s last year of production. With just 1,000 units available, the 'Final Edition' comes with several unique features and gives off-road adventurers the unique opportunity to own a piece of motoring history. The FJ Cruiser is set to be discontinued in December 2022, after more than 15 years as one of the region’s most popular SUVs, according to a press statement issued in Doha by Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co (AAB), distributor for Toyota vehicles in Qatar.
Inspired by almost half a century of tough off-road performance from the legendary FJ40 4×4 utility vehicle, the FJ Cruiser was developed as a capable SUV aimed specifically at drivers looking to push the limits. Launched in 2007, the model was hailed as an instant classic by customers and critics alike, particularly in the Middle East where it has gained an enthusiastic following among off-roaders.
The 2023 'Final Edition' adopts a single-tone select beige colour for the exterior, upholstery and centre cluster trim, creating a distinctive sense of modernity. Further adding to the vehicle’s rugged appeal, a special black coating has been applied extensively throughout the exterior, including the blacked-out grill, bumpers, exterior mirrors, door handles and spare tyre cover. Further,17-inch aluminum wheels and side steps are also included, while a 'Final Edition' badge indicating the vehicle’s unique number underlines the limited edition’s exclusivity.
Kei Fujita, chief representative, Middle East and Central Asia Representative ‎Office, Toyota Motor Corporation, said: “The FJ Cruiser rides into the sunset
leaving lasting memories of one of the most iconic SUVs in Toyota’s rich history. The vehicle’s winning combination of off-road capabilities, style and performance make it equally at home during desert adventures or everyday activities and provides a comfortable and dependable experience for drivers and passengers, wherever their journeys may lead.”
“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.”
Powered by a DOHC, 4.0-litre V6 engine that incorporates dual independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, the 2023 FJ Cruiser is capable of producing 270 horsepower and 380Nm of peak torque. It is also equipped with a wide range of driver assistant features such as Active Traction Control, Crawl Control, Vehicle Stability Control with an off switch, and electronically controlled locking rear differential. In addition to stellar all-terrain performance, drivers enjoy greater peace of mind thanks to Toyota’s world-class safety features.
"The FJ Cruiser’s legendary status as one of the most unique Toyota SUVs and proven durability throughout the years will live on in the hearts of its owners and the Toyota family. Although production will cease, owners can be assured they will continue to enjoy world-class service from their local Toyota service centres. The 2023 FJ Cruiser is available in a variety of attractive finishes and specifications, while the 'Final Edition' is scheduled to roll into the region during Q4 2022," the statement adds.