The new fourth-generation 2020 Toyota Kluger was revealed this week at the New York motor show, the popular seven-seater features a fresh design along with additional safety kit and technology.
Built on the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) platform, (which also underpins the latest Camry, Corolla and RAV4) the Kluger has grown by 60mm in length and sports chiselled lines, more aggressive styling and 20-inch wheels, a first for Toyota.
Internally the three-row cabin offers more space thanks to the longer body with the second-row seats now able to slide 30mm to increase legroom in the rear-most pews. The cabin has also been fitted with the largest-in-class 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Also included is the Toyota Safety Sense package which includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, all-speed active cruise control, lane trace assist, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam and road sign assist.
Depending on the model grade, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also available.
Powering the new Kluger is the current 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine offering 220kW of power which is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to either the front or all wheels. The all-new mechanical all-wheel-drive system is capable of sending up to 50 per cent of the torque to the rear wheels when necessary.
There is also the option to tick for dynamic torque vectoring AWD with drive-mode select and rear-driveline disconnect. The system is able to manage the torque distribution between the left and right rear wheels as well as between the front and rear axles.
Speculation is rife that a hybrid version of the Kluger will finally be available in Australia. In global markets, the Kluger hybrid will use the same 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol hybrid found in the Camry.
In Australia, the Kluger has passed 170,000 sales including record sales last year of 14,743 vehicles, making it the best-selling 2WD/AWD vehicle in the large SUV segment.
Buyers in the United States will get access to the new Kluger first, timing for its Australian launch is yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned.
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