2011 Toyota Kluger Launched In Australia

Mike Stevens | Oct 14, 2010


Previewed at Russia's Moscow Motor Show in August, Toyota Australia has today announced availability of the updated-for-2011 Toyota Kluger.

It brings with it styling tweaks and price reductions across the range.

From these new local and overseas (US-market Highlander) images, it's clear that the updated Kluger takes a leaf out of the 200 Series LandCruiser and the 2010 Prado style manual.

The bulk of the Kluger's styling tweaks appear up front; the nondescript headlights of the current model giving way to slimmer, sharper units. The grille too gets an overhaul, the new piece creating a stronger and more commanding countenance.

At the rear, the Kluger gets a new bumper with a softer and curvier shape, along with a tail-light lens design reminiscent of the fifth-generation (XV30) Camry in 2004.

Inside, the Kluger gets a revised centre-stack colour for all grades, along with increased seating flexibility for seven-seat versions with a 50:50 split-fold backrest for the third-row seat.

Pricing for the entry-level KX-R has dropped by $1000, starting from $39,990 for the 2WD five-seat version. Updates for the KX-R include a large rear spoiler, improved audio with Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity and USB input, along with new-design 17-inch alloy wheels.

The mid-range Kluger KX-S is $800 more affordable, while its equipment list has grown to include perforated leather-accented trim on the first and second-row seats, and chrome finish on the roof rails.

It also has an improved audio display screen and USB input for its six-disc CD MP3 audio unit.

The range-topping Grande gets a $414 price reduction, while also being fitted with perforated leather-accented trim for the first and second-row seats.

Other enhancements for Grande include 3.5mm aux input on the Audio Visual Navigation system, revised woodgrain-look trim that now extends to the rear climate-control surround, chrome-finish roof rails and a new design for its 19-inch wheels.

Exterior mirrors for all 2011 Kluger models now have "puddle" lamps, illuminating the ground around the front doors.

As with the 2010 Kluger, power comes from a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine producing 201kW and 337Nm of torque, sent to the wheels via a five-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission.

Toyota has redesigned the engine mounts to further reduce noise, vibration and harshness, while the vehicle stability control warning buzzer has been discontinued.

(note: Toyota has released only one image of the Australian-market 2011 Kluger so far.)


2011 Toyota Kluger KX-R five-seat

  • 2WD - $39,990 (-$1,000)
  • AWD - $44,490 (-$1,000)

2011 Toyota Kluger KX-R seven-seat

  • 2WD - $42,690 (-$800)
  • AWD - $47,190 (-$800)

2011 Toyota Kluger KX-S seven-seat

  • 2WD - $50,990 (-$500)
  • AWD - $55,490 (-$500)

2011 Toyota Kluger Grande seven-seat

  • 2WD - $60,990 (-$414)
  • AWD - $65,490 (-$414)
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  • Howard
    Howard says,
    5 years ago
    Looking a bit like a mitsubitshi at the front.
  • 288gto
    288gto says,
    5 years ago
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    Another Toyota that looks like a swolen UFC fighter after 10 rounds!!! Bring back some edge Toyota!!!!!!!!!!
  • says,
    5 years ago
    Still ugly as all Toyotas are now, when are they going to get some style about them Still won't stop the plebs buying them though.
    • 288gto
      288gto says,
      5 years ago
      Ha! .... Toyota Zombies - will buy a polished turd if it had a toyota badge one it!!!
  • Ian Fraser says,
    5 years ago
    paint them all white and put Kelvinator badges on them... Boring!
  • Godspeed says,
    5 years ago
    I think it looks ok. It's an improvement on the former model.

    I can see how they've tried to add some 'classier' design touches which remind me of the CX-9.

    Let's face it, the outgoing BMW X3 was pretty darn ugly.

    I think the revised Kluger pricing will have just as much of an effect on improving sales as the new styling.
  • auto says,
    5 years ago
    1 like
    a 6 speed auto would help sales further.
  • john morell says,
    3 years ago
    1 like

    I had a 2009 kluger kx-s and traded it for a BMW-x1
    biggest mistake I made. You can say what you like about Toyota Qualiy, reliabilty. And good value for money against any of the car makers.
  • divgad says,
    2 years ago
    Gooosh, i used a toyota highlander 2010 sports and the felling and speed plus the smoothness less is cool. my only problem is the stability, as you speed above 100 miles ph, its not stable and that worries me, cos like speed.