FJ Cruiser has serious ability
TOYOTA is already trumpeting the off-road abilities of its retro-looking FJ Cruiser.
The Japanese marque this week released photos of the FJ traversing rugged terrain before it hits showrooms next month.
The FJ Cruiser has the best departure and break-over angles in the Toyota 4WD range – 31 and 29 degrees respectively. Its approach angle of 36 degrees is bettered only by the 70 Series.
Larger angles can allow a vehicle to negotiate steeper climbs or descents without having parts of the vehicle body, such as the bumpers, contact the ground.
FJ Cruiser also provides excellent ground clearance under the rear differential and vital chassis components – a minimum of 224mm, second only to the LandCruiser 200 Series.
The adoption of 17-inch wheels and short overhangs – 865mm at the front and 1115mm at the rear – contribute to the FJ Cruiser's off-road prowess.
A vehicle's break-over angle is particularly important for off-road transitions from a level area into a descent and from a climb to flat ground.
A good departure angle can enable a driver who has overshot a turn-off on a steep, narrow track to return in reverse, rather than doing a three-point turn.
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