Happy trails, to you... As we reported back in August, the FJ Cruiser is headed to the great automotive graveyard in the sky, and Toyota is offering a fitting eulogy in the form of the 2014 Trail Teams Ultimate Edition, which was just unveiled here at the 2013 SEMA Show.

Unlike many special edition models, the Ultimate FJ Cruiser earns its name with a host of parts from Toyota Racing Development, starting with TRD Bilstein race shocks that Toyota says improve damping, articulation and high-speed stability. The front shocks measure 66 millimeters and feature TRD race coil springs, with geometry that improves the approach angle; the 50mm rear units are equipped with remote reservoirs to diminish damping fade.

A new one-quarter-inch thick aluminum TRD front skid plate offers protection for the underbody bits, and the outfit is completed with a BF Goodrich A/T KO tires on 16-inch bead lock wheels, rock rails and a roof rack. Check out the high-res image gallery above and the press release below for all the rest of the details.
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Happy Trails, FJ Cruiser

Toyota Bids Farewell to an Off-Road Icon with Ultimate Edition

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 5, 2013 -- It's finally here...and then it's gone. Toyota today unveiled the 2014 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Ultimate Edition at a press conference held at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

The 2014 Trail Teams Ultimate Edition is a commemorative final special edition of the FJ Cruiser. It is the toughest and most capable FJ ever and pays tribute to the iconic vehicle that will end its production run at the conclusion of the 2014 model year. With limited production, only 2,500 will be built.

The FJ Ultimate Edition pays tribute to the iconic Land Cruiser FJ40 of the 1960's, from which the FJ Cruiser draws its rugged DNA, inspiration and design. A unique white painted front grille surround and newly developed "Heritage Blue" paint are reminiscent of the classic FJ40.

Designed and built for rugged off-roading, the Ultimate Edition raises the bar one more time for off-road capability with all new performance upgrades. A race-inspired Toyota Racing Development (TRD) off-road suspension was developed and meticulously tuned for the Ultimate Edition. The new suspension includes TRD Bilstein race shocks with increased damping, articulation and high speed stability. The front shock assemblies are 66mm with new TRD race coil springs, which raise the front of the FJ just enough to level out the stance and improve the approach angle. The rear shocks are 50mm and are equipped with remote reservoirs to decrease damping fade.

The list of new TRD goodies doesn't stop there. A newly developed TRD front skid plate, made from one-quarter-inch thick aluminum plate comes standard on the Ultimate Edition. The TRD stamped front skid plate not only looks great, but improves approach angle and provides an increased level of underbody protection. TRD 16-inch bead lock wheels with BF Goodrich A/T KO tires, rock rails and roof rack complete the exterior.

The Ultimate Edition FJ Cruiser is only available in 4x4 and comes standard with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Crawl Control (CRAWL available with automatic transmission only), Vehicle Skid Control (VSC) with off switch and electronically controlled locking rear differential. In addition, the Toyota Star Safety System is standard.

Farewell to an Icon
Chiseled from nearly a half-century tradition of tough off-road performance provided by the legendary FJ40, the original 4Runner, and 4x4 compact pickups, the FJ Cruiser was developed as a basic, capable and affordable off-roader aimed specifically at serious off-roaders looking to push the limits. Hailed by consumers and critics alike, the FJ Cruiser became an instant classic.

The final model year 2014 FJ Cruiser is on sale now. The Trail Teams Ultimate Edition is scheduled to roll into dealerships in February 2014, kicking off a fond farewell to a Toyota original.

With sales of more than 200,000 units sold since 2006, the FJ rides into the sunset leaving lasting memories of one of the most iconic vehicles in Toyota's rich SUV history.


Performance and Exterior Features

Unique white front grille surround and exclusive Monotone "Heritage Blue" paint
Blacked out bumpers, exterior mirrors and door handles
All-new TRD heavy duty one-quarter-inch thick aluminum front skid plate
Sew Specially-developed off-road tuned TRD Bilstein front suspension and rear Bilstein shocks with remote reservoir
Exterior FJ Trail Teams Badge
Roof rack
Rock rails
TRD 16-inch Gunmetal bead lock wheels with BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires
Rear wiper

Interior Convenience Features

Stainless steel FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition dash plaque
Power outside mirrors with illuminated markers
Privacy glass on rear side, quarter and rear door windows
Cruise Control
Leather-trimmed steering wheel
Floating-ball Multi-information Display with inclinometer, Compass and outside temperature
Remote keyless entry system
Auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated backup camera display
One 115V/400W AC power outlet

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      Its too bad they didnt choose to update it. It had some neat features. reliable, 3 wiper blades, when the v6 first came out it was relatively powerful in its class they just never advanced it much.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Agreed this is one of the special Toyotas on sale right now. TRD supercharger... TRD off road suspension... TRD brakes... TRD exhuast. Pretty cool if you as me.. as much as I like Toyota I wish they wouldnt keep things off just because of profit.
      George Strickland
      • 1 Year Ago
      now just send the rest of that jap crap to the same graveyard.
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        @George Strickland
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          Exactly. Whenever I see comments like that I immediately imagine a 70 year old man from a flyover state with no education.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a moment too soon - good riddance to bad rubbish.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Despite this I find this thing seriously cool looking. Especially when its done up in off road goodies like lift kits, off road tires etc
        • 1 Year Ago
        Of course you find it attractive it is a toyota product. That is ALL YOU TALK ABOUT
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          Some people use SUV's off. But a BOF off road oriented SUV has a much more limited audience than a traditional pick up does. Some take them off road, some use them for work, some buy them just to buy them.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love my '12. Bummer they are going away.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The FJ is a cool vehicle, too bad it's departing.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The death of one of the ugliest vehicles known to man. Yay!
      • 1 Year Ago
      The FJ have been around for longer then I have been alive and will be here long after im dead, keep up the great work Toyota!!!!!
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      That's too bad. The FJ was one of the only Toyota's in recent memory I actually liked. It wasn't the fastest or most efficient, but it looked cool and was available with a manual transmission. I guess there's just not much of a market for these type of vehicles though. The Wrangler clearly owns the segment, meaning the FJ and XTerra have very limited audiences, so I guess I see why Toyota is pulling it from their lineup.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's it? No locking rear diff or anything to make it more capable off road?
        • 1 Year Ago
        A locking rear diff was already available...
      • 1 Year Ago
      In my opinion, it's only issue was cost. In Canada it had a starting price of nearly $10,000 more than a 4 door Wrangler, and I'm not convinced it was worth it. Simply put, it was far too expensive with respect to what people perceive an old-fashioned truck like this to be worth. That's why the Wrangler does so well, it's relatively inexpensive but even it will soon be pushed into a new direction. These days, most people are far more willing to pay for comfort and luxury, as opposed to off-road capability.
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