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Toyota tapped MV Designz in Santa Ana, CA, to fuse two of its most off-road capable creations into one semi-coherent package. The result is the FJ Runner, essentially a 4Runner with an FJ front clip, which Toyota describes as "ruggedness personified." We think it's the proverbial question that no one asked, but equipping the "FJ-R" with all the required gear – 20-inch alloys, Nitto Mud Grapplers, Stoptech brakes and a host of ICE – has made it a true SEMA player.

All the details and specs are posted after the jump in Toyota's press release.

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PRESS RELEASE

FJ Runner
10/30/2007

For almost 24 years, 4Runner has been identified as a rugged off-road vehicle. The FJ Runner project blends the legendary heritage and DNA of the FJ Cruiser and 4Runner into an invincible mid-SUV. Imagine extreme rugged off-road styling outside while ruggedness is personified inside with a durable rubber-type floor and rear deck material in addition to water-repellant seating material capable of shedding liquids.

The FJ Runner has been lifted giving it serious off-road agility, and equipped with Nitto Mud Grappler™ tires. Inside, FJ Runner has been designed with comfortable seating, balanced with an Alpine state-of-the-art navigation, rear seat entertainment and audio systems that deliver an unparalleled sound experience.

MV Designz of Santa Ana, Calif. created the FJ Runner project vehicle.

FJ RUNNER SPECIFICATIONS

Alpine Audio System
-8 speakers, model #SPR-17S< SPR-17C
-(2) Subwoofer Model # SWR-1042D
-XM satellite radio
-HD included
-Amp 1 400 watts, model # PDX-4.100
-Amp 2 600 watts, model # PDX-1.600

Alpine Multimedia System
-Screen is 8 inches, model #TME-M860
-Control Unit Model # VPA-B222
-Navigation model # NVE-N872a
-HD Radio - Model # TUA-T500HD
-IPOD Nano

Alpine Rear Entertainment System
-7 inch monitors, model#PKG-M780
-2 headrest monitors, not remote controlled and 1 in dash; dash is remote controlled

Wheels and Tires
- 20-inch alloys
- Nitto Mud Grapplers 33x12.5x20

Brakes
Stoptech