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 |  Sep 12 2012, 3:59 PM

The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser will see minimal changes for its new model year, but a new color scheme is available for the Trail Teams Special Edition.

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 |  Aug 29 2011, 9:45 AM

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Toyota has a long history of building rugged off-road trucks, the latest of which is the FJ Cruiser. And if you’re looking to match capability with Jeep’s “Trail Rated” machines there’s no better way to do so than with a more off-road capable Trail Teams Special Edition.

The latest Trail Teams model is available exclusively in a Radian Red paint for 2012 with black painted door handles, bumpers and front grille. Up top a set of off-road lights improve night time visibility, while inside there’s plenty of red accenting to go with the new paint color. Getting dirt into the Trail Teams model is part of the fun and getting it out is easier thanks to water resistant seats, plus a rubber floor and rear deck.

The standard 260-hp 4.0-liter V6 engine get a cyclone pre-air cleaner (another standard FJ goodie) to trap dirt, while off-road capability has been enhanced with an off-road package that includes Bilstein shocks, TRD wheels with BFG All-Terrain tires, rock rails, as well as skid plates for the engine, fuel tank and transfer case. Also standard is a rear differential lock and Toyota’s A-TRAC traction control system.

Other items that come standrad on the special edition model include a multi-information display, remote keyless entry, cruise control, 12V/100W and 115V/400W outlets, a back-up camera integrated into the rear view mirror and the final touch, a Trail Team badge.

GALLERY: Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Special Edition

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 |  Sep 27 2010, 5:20 PM

Recently, Toyota announced some changes to the 2011 version of its FJ Cruiser SUV. In addition to the upgraded standard entertainment system, improved rearward visibility, new 17-inch wheel design and more powerful, 260 horsepower 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine that can run on regular gas, the company has also revealed a 2011 version of the  ’Trail Teams Special Edition.’

Although nobody could really call the FJ beautiful, the TTSE does make it look brawnier, especially that it’s now sporting  Army Green paint, black bumpers, a front grille and door handles. It  also features the off-road package as standard, complete with Bilstein shocks, active traction control (A-TRAC), transfer case and locking rear differential, plus skid plates and rock rails to protect the under belly. The Trail Teams FJ rides on BFG All-Terrain tires and unique TRD (Toyota Racing Development) alloy wheels.

Inside, the 2011 TTSE boasts special green fabric seat and door panel inserts, a rear back up camera, 10 speaker JBL audio system and a “floating ball”  multi-information display in the center stack.

In this age of soft roaders, of which Toyota has plenty, it’s nice to see somebody still bothering to make a proper Sport Utility and a hard core off-road special edition to boot. It’s just too bad we don’t know what the vehicle looks like, as it seems the photos Toyota released with the SUV are of a standard, blue FJ.

Oh well, wrong picture or not, at least we’ve got a special edition FJ – thanks Toyota.  Now if only Ford would get its act together and build a new Bronco. Then we could go out into the boonies and have some real fun.