Toyota has updated its Kluger seven-seat large SUV for 2017, addressing its fuel use with the addition of direct injection technology for the engine, matched to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
Official fuel consumption figures for the petrol-powered Kluger now drop to 9.1 l/100km for the entry-level two-wheel drive Kluger GX down from 10.2L/100km for the pre-update generation.
As well as improved fuel efficiency the new engine increases power by 17kW and torque by 13Nm over the outgoing model, bringing total outputs up to 218kW and 350Nm.
As before the three-model Kluger lineup starts with the front wheel drive Kluger GX, priced from $43,550 before on-road costs, a $1360 increase over the previous model.
Standard equipment for the GX includes; reversing camera with rear parking sensors, hill start assist, cruise control, air-conditioning, privacy glass and a 6.1-inch touchscreen with Toyota's infotainment system, however, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not compatible.
Mid-range GXL variants start from $53,550 before on-road costs, which is a $2,360 increase over the previous generation.
The GXL gains a larger 8.0-inch infotainment screen with navigation and digital radio, three-zone air-conditioning, keyless entry and ignition, roof rails, leather accented heated front seats with 12-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat, as well as a power tailgate with an independently operated glass hatch.
The range-topping Kluger Grande starts from $65,935 before on-road costs, which represents a price increase of $1860 over the current model, and is priced well above main rival the flagship Mazda CX-9 Azami, which is priced from $59,390 plus on-road costs.
The Grande also adds additional safety equipment, including blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning with autonomous steering control, driver fatigue warning and rear-cross traffic alert.
Over the GXL’s standard equipment the Grande incudes active cruise control, auto high beam, sunroof, ventilated front seats with memory function for the driver's seat, heated exterior mirrors with puddle lamps, anti-dazzling rear-view mirror, second row sunshades and rear 9-inch rear-seat entertainment screen with Blu-ray player.
All-wheel drive is available on all variants and adds a further $4000 to the before on-road costs, except in Grande form where it adds $3981. Claimed fuel use is lifted to 9.5L/100km for all-wheel drive variants.
GX 2WD - $43,550
GX AWD - $47,550
GXL 2WD - $53,550
GXL AWD - $57,550
Grande 2WD - $65,935
Grande AWD - $69,916
All prices exclude on-road costs.
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