A new V6 and eight-speed auto from the Lexus range mark biggest changes to Toyota's seven-seat SUV.
Previewed at the New York Show in 2016 under its US Highlander name and expected in Australia in the first half of this year, the Kluger will score Toyota's latest 3.5-litre direct-injection six-cylinder petrol engine that's used across the Lexus range, including aboard the RX.
Toyota Australia officials told CarsGuide at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week that the company is yet to confirm final specs and pricing, but power will jump to 218kW (+17kW), while torque will rise to 350Nm (+13Nm).
It's likely, too, that the Kluger will be outfitted with Toyota's suite of electronic safety aids – known as Safety Sense – that includes auto emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, radar cruise control and more, which is fitted across the board to US-spec Highlanders.
The US car also received an additional four USB ports, but it's not clear if the local car will get them.
On the styling front, new headlights incorporate daytime running lights, there's a new front bumper and larger grille, and the rear lights are fitted with LED tubes for greater visibility. The third-generation Kluger, which launched in 2014, will otherwise remain very similar.
It's currently sold locally in three grades – GX, GXL and Grande – and kicks off at $42,190 before on-roads.
Check back later to read and watch CarsGuide.com.au's test of the 2017 Kluger from California.