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Toyota Australia has released pricing and specification details for the fourth-generation Kluger large SUV ahead of its launch in June, with the seven-seater positioned further upmarket than its predecessor, partly thanks to the addition of a range-wide hybrid option.
However, the new Kluger’s line-up is familiar, with entry-level GX, mid-range GXL and flagship Grande grades available alongside a petrol engine with the choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) or Toyota’s front-biased Dynamic Torque Control all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.
The unit in question is a new 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 that produces 218kW of power at 6600rpm and 350Nm of torque at 4700rpm, meaning it is just as potent as its predecessor.
Mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, the petrol engine’s fuel consumption on the combined-cycle test (ADR 81/02) ranges from 8.7-8.9L/100km, while its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are 202-208g/km.
Meanwhile, the aforementioned new ‘self-charging’ hybrid combines three electric motors with a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol developing 142kW at 6000rpm and 242Nm at 4400pm for a system power output of 184kW.
For this set-up, an electric continuously variable automatic transmission (e-CVT) pairs with Toyota’s e-Four AWD system, which sends up to 100 per cent of drive to the front wheels, or up to 80 per cent to the rear axle, depending on the conditions.
The alternative powertrain’s fuel consumption is 5.6L/100km, while its CO2 emissions are 128g/km, making it more environmentally friendly than anything the rivalling Mazda CX-9, Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe currently offer locally.
So, how much does a new Kluger cost? Well, the range starts from $47,650 plus on-road costs for the GX FWD petrol, which is $2800 dearer than the previous entry point.
Furthermore, the GXL FWD petrol is $1900 more expensive, at $56,850, while the Grande FWD petrol grade has moved $3281 upstream, to $68,900.
Each of the three AWD petrol versions command a $4000 premium, while all hybrid variants charge a further $2500 (see full pricing table below).
Standard equipment in the GX grade includes three drive modes (Eco, Normal and Sport), a Trail drive mode (hybrid only), Rock & Dirt and Mud & Sand drive modes (AWD petrol only), dusk-sensing LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, digital radio and cloth upholstery.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking with intersection assist and pedestrian (day and night) and cyclist (day) detection, lane-keep and steering assist (including emergency), adaptive cruise control, road sign recognition, high-beam assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors plus seven airbags.
The GXL picks up a power-operated tailgate, satellite navigation, power-adjustable front seats with heating, three-zone climate control and synthetic leather upholstery.
Meanwhile, the Grande also adds rear torque vectoring (AWD petrol only), 20-inch alloy wheels, a hands-free power-operated tailgate, a panoramic sunroof, an 11-speaker JBL sound system, a head-up display, ventilated front seats, leather-accented upholstery and surround-view cameras. A rear entertainment system can also be optioned for $1500.
For reference, the Kluger measures 4966mm long (with a 2850mm wheelbase), 1930mm wide and 1755m tall. Its braked towing capacity is 2000kg, while unbraked in 700kg.
2021 Toyota Kluger pricing before on-road costs
|GX FWD petrol||automatic||$47,650 (+$2800)|
|GX AWD petrol||automatic||$51,650 (+$2800)|
|GX AWD hybrid||automatic||$54,150 (NEW)|
|GXL FWD petrol||automatic||$56,850 (+$1900)|
|GXL AWD petrol||automatic||$60,850 (+$1900)|
|GXL AWD hybrid||automatic||$63,350 (NEW)|
|Grande FWD petrol||automatic||$68,900 (+$3281)|
|Grande AWD petrol||automatic||$72,900 (+$4326)|
|Grande AWD hybrid||automatic||$75,400 (NEW)|