• Jan 16, 2011
Xplore Adventure Series FJ Cruiser – Click above for high-res image gallery

Our National Parks are American treasures, and one company wants you to get out there and explore them. We saw its first creation, the Xplore Adventure Series FJ Cruiser, at last year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas. That vehicle is going to be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to the National Parks Foundation. Xplore isn't limiting itself to just the FJ Cruiser, however, and parts will soon be available for various Jeep, Ram Truck, Toyota, Ford, GM, Nissan, Honda, Subaru, Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

The parts are available at local dealerships and range from the basic to the burly. Stage one of the Xplore series of parts includes interior upgrades produced with the help of Katzkin. Stage two upgrades feature BFGoodrich off-road tires, aluminum wheels, Bilstein shocks and a Magnaflow stainless-steel cat-back exhaust. If you want to push further into the woods, Stage three bolts on winches, a roof rack, rock rails, a rooftop tent and upgraded lighting. There's also a built-to-order Stage 4 for Jeep and Toyota vehicles, which brings builder TLC into the mix and adds custom paint choices as well as electronic upgrades and expedition-level equipment.

Keeping with the theme of the Xplore name, each Xplore vehicle comes with a one-year National Parks pass, membership in the Xplore club and a subscription to the Xplore Lifestyle magazine.

[Source: Xplore Vehicles]
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The first XPLORE Toyota FJ Cruiser will be auctioned with the proceeds donated to the National Parks Foundation.
XPLORE Special Edition packages will be available through participating new car dealerships nationwide in January 2011.

Adrian, MI (December 20, 2010) – The National Parks are one of America's greatest treasures and a new line of adventure vehicles now gives you and your family another reason to support and enjoy a vacation this year to your favorite National Parks.

XPLORE Adventure Series vehicles will be available at your local new car dealers beginning in January 2011 and each one sold delivers a donation to the National Park Foundation for our National Parks. The first XLPLORE Toyota FJ Cruiser will be auctioned in the Spring of 2011 with the proceeds donated to the National Park Foundation.

"Venchurs is pleased to introduce the XPLORE Adventure Series line of specialty vehicles for all major brands of vehicles", states Jeff Wyatt, CEO of Venchurs. "It is a privilege to be able to support our National Parks and the automotive new car and Aftermarket communities, with a program that serves America's need for exciting vehicles."

XPLORE Adventure Series vehicles are available in four packages featuring increasing levels of equipment and capability. XPLORE Stage 1 Vehicle Packages featuring Katzkin leather interiors are available for Toyota, Jeep, Ford, Ram, Chevrolet, GMC, Nissan, Honda, Subaru, Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

XPLORE Stage 2 Vehicle Packages for select SUVs and trucks include, BFG off-road tires, Method aluminum wheels, Bilstein 5100 Series shocks, Magnaflow stainless steel cat-back exhaust and optional XPLORE/Katzkin leather and suede seats.

XPLORE Stage 3 gets serious; ARB winches, racks, rock-rails, suspension, roof-top tents, Warn winches and IPF lighting are all available as mix-and-match accessories.

XPLORE has partnered with TLC to offer Build-To-Order Stage 4 Toyotas and Jeeps with a multitude of custom personalized options including special paint, electronics and expedition-grade upfits.

Each XPLORE vehicle comes with a free, one-year Annual Pass to over 52 National Parks and other Federal lands. New owners receive a one-year membership in XPLORE CLUB and a subscription to XPLORE Lifestyle Journal; a high-quality quarterly featuring amazing places to go, fun things to do and interesting people.

"XPLORE vehicles are designed to deliver adventure for enthusiasts and families" quotes Ron Flint, XPLORE Program Director. "You can't have one of these in your driveway and not be inspired to get out into the Great American Outdoors!"

For more information, please visit www.xplorevehicles.com

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      • 4 Years Ago
      that's a great looking FJ. it's troubling to hear from above that they're not as sturdy as they look. I've always thought it was an iconic design, one that Toyota could keep building a la the Porsche 911. Just keep refining it and making it better at what it does without huge styling changes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Of course, you can't go offroad in most National Parks...
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're uninformed, Canyonlands NP offers some of the most scenic off-roading in the world with the White Rim Trail and in the Needles District. Our NP have more backcountry trails then most people now about.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you're lucky, maybe you'll see Yogi Bear.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No Land Rover?
      • 3 Years Ago
      High Quality Auto Parts for Chevy, Toyota, Nissan, Honda , Jeep , Motorcycle and more
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a great vehicle if for no other reason than it's carbon emissions.
      Just so all you dimwits at Autoblog and all you greenie bots understand, CO2=good.
      Not bad.
      I know your programmer Al Gore likes to make CO2 seem to be bad, but it's a good thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not particularly... There needs to be balance.

        Over populated Earth + vehicles that emit CO2 + deforestation = imbalance of CO2 and the things that utilize it. CO2, is, in fact, a green house gas in the fact that it seals in heat. Too much of it is not a good thing, regardless of Al Gore's stance on anything.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems as if they simply should have bought a stock Nissan Xterra 'Offroad' and done some 4 wheelin'!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was good when it first came out but I wish Toyota would redesign this already.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and which National Park encourages recreational off-road exploring?
        • 3 Years Ago
        While it is true that the parks don't allow you to drive where ever you want, a lot of parks have a lot of back country trails that would be a challenge to a lot of people. It might be of less interest to a hardcore offroader or desert racer, but I think what they are trying to encourage is getting larger numbers of average visitors to see more of the parks, or see the parks in greater depth. Most visitors drive to the easy to get to scenic overlooks, snap their pictures, and move on. I think the idea is simply to have people go farther into the parks then Clark Griswold would do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda, Hyundai, and Kia tho? Really? Why? They still make the FJ Cruiser? Another why. Neat idea tho. Show me and F150, Jeep, or Ram, or GM truck in this. Then lets talk!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now this is a kit that looks good, and is useful. I like this one. Now, hopefully Toyota can put a more efficient engine and transmission into the FJ.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And don't forget the throw-out bearing issues with the manual transmission.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Stuka thanks, that makes sense to me. It's just too bad that a product that is heavily piggybacking on Land Cruiser's legacy, didn't inherit the similar level of engineering expertise. If it's too hard to engineer a serious offroader for $25k, then they should perhaps stop putting misleading pictures like these on their site. www.toyota.com/fjcruiser/
        • 4 Years Ago

        I think part of the chassis flex issues comes from the lack or articulation up front. This puts a lot more twisting forces on the chassis. I have wheeled with FJ's before, and where my Wrangler will articulate over a given obstacle, and FJ will end up lifting a tire. So that whole front area ends up getting a lot of stress put on it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They better beef up body/fender/frame. People who are using this car for any kind of off roading are experiencing major tear/failure issues with body/fender/frame, because Toyota made them extremely weak and thin.

        FJ Cruiser forum is littered with people having structural failure on one of these.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would much rather see US national parks a in a Jeep rather than this monstrosity.
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