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Time is finally being called on the Toyota FJ Cruiser. The automaker has announced that production of the retro-inspired SUV is set to end in August after a 10-year run.

Though developed primarily for the North American market, sales were discontinued in 2014, with a 2,500-unit commemorative Trail Teams Ultimate Edition signing the model off in the US. The FJ has continued to sell in in other markets, such as the Middle East and Australia.

Throughout its life-cycle, the FJ – which is based on a shortened Land Cruiser Prado – has been powered by a single engine, a normally-aspirated 4.0 litre V6. The 1GR-FE, which can also be found on the Tacoma and Tundra, has had its power output revised over the years in the FJ application, and in the current Australian version offers 268 hp and 380 Nm.

The FJ has been sold in both two- and four-wheel drive forms, and in five-speed auto and six-speed manual guise, though the latter has only been available with four-wheel drive. Equipment and specification has also evolved through the years, and the final iterations of the FJ are quite comprehensively equipped.

Kit as seen in the single grade version available in Australia includes rear parking sensors, rear fog lamps, privacy glass, cruise control, air-conditioning, a premium steering wheel with audio controls, multi-information display, eight-speaker audio system as well as six airbags and a reversing camera with the display located in the electro-chromatic rear-view mirror.