2014 Toyota Kluger Unveiled In New York

TMR Team | Mar 28, 2013

Toyota has unveiled its all-new 2014 Kluger at the New York Auto Show this week, appearing here in its US-market 'Highlander' form.

The big SUV debuts with styling drawn from across the new Toyota range, but retains the large grille and slender headlight formula of the outgoing model.

There's also a distinctly American look to the new Kluger, its tall front-end design and trapezoidal grille design reminiscent of the US-market Tacoma.

The new model is also larger than its predecessor, measuring 69mm longer at 4850mm and 15mm wider. Wheelbase remains unchanged at 2790mm however, and height also remains 1730mm.

Toyota says the larger exterior dimensions have resulted in greater interior space, along with easier access to the third row. Cargo space behind the third-row seats is also improved, although numbers have not been released.

Visibility gets a boost thanks to a repositioned A-pillar design, while the size of the rear quarter glass has been increased to provide a wider view for driver and occupants.

As expected, the new Kluger will be offered in Australia with a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine exclusively, mated to an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission.

Specific mechanical details have not been released, but expect the 3.5 engine to be Toyota's familiar 200kW unit.

Fuel consumption figures are also said to have been improved, although no exact numbers have been offered.

Towing capacity for the Highlander revealed in New York is listed at 2267kg. In its current form, the Australian Kluger lists a 2000kg rating.

US-market options will also include a smaller 2.7 litre petrol engine and a 3.5 litre petrol-electric hybrid, although neither is expected to come to Australia.

Depending on specification, front- and all-wheel-drive configurations will also be on offer in Australia.

Toyota's new Dynamic Torque All-Wheel-Drive will also feature, using sensors through the SUV's drivetrain to govern the transmission of torque to the rear wheels.

The carmaker says it has worked to enhance the Kluger's handling, with specially-tuned springs, shocks and power steering.


Built in the US state of Indiana, the new Kluger range will make its Australian debut in the first half of 2014.

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  • Andy says,
    3 years ago
    Man that is ugly. The current model wasnt a looker, but its better than this. Is it just me or are vehicles getting uglier and uglier.
    • SamK says,
      3 years ago
      I was thinking the same.... Although Toyota hasn't ever really been a design leader, some recents have been OK; 86 for example. Same old engine and tranny too!
    • Andrew says,
      3 years ago
      Totally agree with Andy. The current model Kluger is SO much better looking! Looks like Toyota is going through a bangle-esque period....
  • Mike says,
    3 years ago
    Australia needs the Petrol Electric Hybrid version, fuel prices are only going one way, and that is UP. Toyota needs to be a leader in this field, not a follower.
  • Grumps
    Grumps says,
    3 years ago
    Ugly front is ugly.
  • Lindsay says,
    3 years ago
    What is it with SUV design these days?
  • Murray Archibald says,
    3 years ago
    Looks llike a Honda CVR - boring and sad.sad

    Interior much better

    I own present Kluger
  • Libby says,
    3 years ago
    I like it, I want one now!
  • Robyn says,
    3 years ago
    I have purchased 2 brand new klugers over the yrs and I love them... I couldn't wait to c the new 2014 one and I'm a little disappointed sad happy it's bigger inside but the outside is horrible. sad the front needs changing!!!!
  • Danielc says,
    2 years ago
    Just received my new kxs kluger. Was first worried knowing the new model will be coming next year!! But after seeing the photos... happy I decided to order anyway.
    Hopefully new one will look better in the flesh but agree with above it is really ugly. Toyota might need to "anti americanize" it and change the front with more of the current model's look...
  • Johnny says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    Totally agreed with ugly shape, but inside totally roomier and better designed.
  • Tobias says,
    2 years ago
    A regular faithful buyer of the kluger . Am so disappointed with the upcoming version. The new kluger externally is absolutely hideous. If Toyota don't fix it they are sure to lose a huge market share . I'd rather switch to a new Hyundai or Kia SUV . It's a shame cos I love our current kluger . Toyota fix it please .
  • Jeff says,
    2 years ago
    It's not the look that I am disappointed in; it's engine that is being offered to Oz. Toyota is a market leader with both their hybrid and Diesel engines but yet we are not seeing either down under in the Kluger. We just get old technology. Time to start looking else where.
  • Sonja says,
    2 years ago
    I like the bonnet, I like the reliability Toyota offers, I like the chance there may be changes ahead for the Australian buyer.
  • Slash says,
    2 years ago
    Interior is a major improvement on the current model in terms of both the aesthetic appeal and space. Check out the posts on YouTube. I have the current model and I can't help thinking that Toyota has not put the effort into tactile surfaces in the past. This one looks great!
  • Igor says,
    2 years ago
    Kluger has gone the same way as Toyota Prado, old model looks better than the new.
  • K says,
    2 years ago
    I own a current KXS and couldn't happier. I should have had a Kluger years ago, but looking to upgrade to current model. (Forget It ). Mechanically we could say is it a better vehicle ? But as for the new shape, so ugly ! And that's putting it nicely.
  • Henry says,
    2 years ago
    Looks sort of ok to me. Why no Kluger for me? Own current base model Kxr and had trouble with fit and finish from the start, especially the windows. Creaking and ticking noises (still not fixed). Also had the infamous clunking steering column (now fixed) After no steering fix available for months, the dealer finally saying that they recognised the problem and that it was widespread. So ......main worry for me would be component quality of the new car and having to deal with stubborn Toyota dealers trying to get warranty work done....
  • tommmy gun says,
    1 year ago
    1 like
    Drove one of these and have a GX on order. Guess looks are subjective because I think it looks fantastic. Nice big sleek grill, yes a bit American but at least a little bit more manly than the outgoing model.

    Interior is fantastic, they are so big on the inside and everything has a nice finish to it, almost lexus spec in the grande. Incredibly quiet, luxurious and just pleasurable to drive.

    Very impressed.
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