New York Auto Show: Toyota Kluger


Toyota unveils all-new fourth generation Kluger that boasts an all-new platform, better refinement and sharp interior and exterior designs 

Toyota has lifted the lid on its all-new fourth generation Kluger at the New York Auto Show. The new Kluger built upon Toyota’s Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) meaning it’s 60mm longer than its predecessor. Buyers – mums and dads especially – will be pleased to know that the new Kluger will be equipped with Toyota Safety Sense technologies, all of which are designed to prevent or reduce the severity of unavoidable impacts.

Toyota Sense includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist. These features are standard across the range along with a reversing camera.

Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are also available on some trim levels.

The new Kluger will also first Toyota to ride on 20 inch wheels. So it’ll have bling, too. How un-Toyota-like.

Inside, the interior has been radically restyled, with some models boasting a 12.3inch infotainment screen, the largest in its class. Naturally, there are seven seats and thanks to that bigger body, passengers in the third row will be treated to an extra 30mm of legroom. Important on those long family road trips.

Passengers will enjoy plusher surroundings too, with more space, more premium materials and a sharper interior design, in keeping with the latest crop of Toyotas, including the C-HR, Camry, Corolla and upcoming RAV4.

Under the bonnet lies Toyota’s 3.5 V6 which develops 220kW and sends power either the front or all four wheels via a tried and tested eight speed automatic.

The all-wheel drive system can now shift up to 50 per cent of power to the rear wheels, and there’s also the option of an all-wheel drive system that features torque vectoring, and for the first time ever in a Kluger, a multi terrain select system.

The system is also capable of disconnecting the rear wheels when necessary, as well as directing the torque distribution between the rear wheels, as well as the front and rear axles. The system also co-ordinates electric power steering, throttle control, transmission shift control and drive torque distribution and provides maximum traction over mud, sand, rock and dirt.

Further information on Australian Kluger specification, pricing and local launch dates is to follow.

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