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New-generation Toyota Kluger revealed in New York


Toyota has chosen the New York motor show to reveal an all-new fourth-generation version of its full-size, seven-seat Kluger SUV.

The new Kluger (badged Highlander in the USA) is longer (+60mm) than the model it replaces, and sports a more aggressive, angular look in line with Toyota’s more adventurous design philosophy.

Extra body length contributes to increased interior space with Toyota claiming an additional 30mm of slide capacity for the second row of seats.

The latest Toyota to be underpinned by the brand’s TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, the new Kluger retains the outgoing model’s 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive models.

Although local on-sale timing is yet to be confirmed, Toyota Australia says the new Kluger will feature a full suite of ‘Active Sense’ driver-assistance tech including a pre-collision system (with pedestrian detection), all-speed active cruise, lane trace assist, lane departure alert (with steering assist), auto high-beam (with road sign assist), and a reversing camera.

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert will be available depending on model grade.

Along with its Prado stablemate, the Kluger helps Toyota dominate the Australian large SUV segment, the model passing 170,000 sales since its launch here in 2003, including a record 14,743 registrations in 2018.

Current Kluger pricing ranges from $44,850 for the GX 4x2 to $69,246 for the top-spec Grande 4x4.

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