2014 TOYOTA KLUGER AUSTRALIA
The new American-sourced Kluger is available here in three trim grades, opening with the $40,990 GX, above that the $49,990 GX-L and topping out with the $63,990 Grande.
The new pricing marks a $2200 price drop from the outgoing entry model, while the Grande is $3355 more expensive than its predecessor. Across all models however, Toyota says it has significantly boosted feature lists and value.
The new line-up is powered exclusively by Toyota’s 3.5 litre V6, mated to a six-speed auto.
Each model comes with front-wheel-drive as standard, although all-wheel-drive can be optioned at a $4000 premium.
Power in the new Kluger is provided by an all-alloy quad cam 3.5 litre petrol V6 that delivers 201kW at 6200rpm and 337Nm at 4700rpm.
The engine is mated to a new six-speed multi-mode auto, replacing the five-speed that was offered with the previous Kluger.
Fuel consumption is listed at 10.2 l/100km in two-wheel-drive models, and 10.6 l/100km with the all-wheel-drive option - improvements of 7.2 percent and 8.0 percent respectively.
Toyota has fine-tuned the suspension and electronic power steering for 2014, with a new double-wishbone rear suspension set-up promising more precise handling and a better driving experience.
The suspension and steering package was designed and tuned with the input of Toyota Australia’s technical centre, which the company says has been heavily involved in the new Kluger’s development for over two years.
Local underbody tuning includes specific rear spring rates and recalibrated dampers.
“The aim was to improve the car's dynamic abilities for the Australian market with a more stable and flatter ride, as well as providing the required isolation to ensure ride comfort on Australia's corrugated surfaces,” Toyota said.
For the steering system, local enhancements focused on providing a lighter feel at parking speeds and a weightier feel in cruising.
The new Kluger boasts a quicker steering rack ratio, down from 17:1 to 14.8:1, along with a retuned electro-mechanical power-assist system.
Braked towing capacity is listed at 2000kg, with unbraked capacity listed at 700kg.
Features and Dimensions
Standard features with the entry GX model include 18-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights, tilt and reach adjustable steering, along with stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and Hill-Star Assist.
Moving up to the GXL adds three-zone climate control, keyless 'smart entry' and start, 10-way power driver’s seat, roof rails, leather-accented interior and ‘premium’ steering wheel and shift knob treatments.
The GX and GXL both have a 6.1 inch display with six speakers and a suite of Toyota Link connectivity and information apps.
The top-shelf Grande adds 19-inch wheels, project LED headlights with auto high beam, a tilt-and-slide moonroof, ventilated front seats, 4.2 inch instrument display screen, eight-inch centre display with navigation and DAB+ digital radio, second-row sun shades, nine-inch rear display with Blu-Ray player, a powered tailgate, woodgrain-look highlights.
The Grande’s main display also gets Destination Download, Fuel Finder and Local Search, along with the user-pays Destination Assist function.
Safety is also upgraded in the Grande to include Pre-collision Safety System and Active Cruise Control with a grille-mounted radar, along with Lane Departure Alert and Blind Spot Monitor.
The new Kluger is noteably larger than its predecessor, measuring 80mm longer at 4825mm 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. Third row shoulder room has increased by a sizeable 110mm, and entry space to the rear is up 70mm.
Visibility gets a boost thanks to a repositioned A-pillar, while the size of the rear-quarter glass has been increased to provide a wider view for driver and occupants.
Cargo space behind the third-row seats is also improved, with the boot area now 155mm longer, 20mm wider and 85mm taller.
Capacity is listed at 195 litres with the third row in place, growing to 529 litres when dropped. With the second row also dropped, capacity grows to 1171 litres.
Watch for TMR’s first-drive review to come this week.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- 2014 Kluger GX - $40,990
- 2014 Kluger GXL - $49,990
- 2014 Kluger Grande - $63,990