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Toyota Kluger 2018 pricing and specs confirmed

Toyota has bolstered the safety credentials of its lower-grade Kluger family SUV with a number of extra technologies.

Toyota has bolstered its Kluger seven-seat large SUV range with a raft of new safety technologies previously reserved for its Grande range-topping variant, resulting in an incremental price increase on GX and mid-spec GXL grades.

Entry-level GX variants gain a pre-collision safety system, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert, active cruise control and automatic high beam.

The pre-collision safety system uses camera and radar technology to monitor the road ahead, detecting other vehicles and pedestrians and issuing audible and visual warnings to prompt the driver to brake the car.

The GXL gains extra features over the GX, including rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. The GXL gains extra features over the GX, including rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

If the driver does not respond, the vehicle can brake itself to reduce the force of impact or negate the crash altogether.

The addition of the new safety tech adds $950 to the price of the GX, meaning the range now starts from $44,500 plus on-roads for the two-wheel-drive variant and $48,500 for the all-paw version.

Meanwhile, the GXL gains extra features over the GX, including rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

  • The pre-collision safety system uses camera and radar technology to monitor the road ahead. The pre-collision safety system uses camera and radar technology to monitor the road ahead.
  • It detects other vehicles and pedestrians and issues audible and visual warnings to prompt the driver to brake the car. It detects other vehicles and pedestrians and issues audible and visual warnings to prompt the driver to brake the car.

Prices for GXL variants have risen by $1400, with the front-drive version now costing $54,950, and the all-wheel-drive variant listing for $58,950.

Given the Grande already comes equipped with this  advanced safety equipment, prices have remained steady at $65,646 and $69,617 for front- and all-wheel-drive versions, respectively.

No changes have been made to the Kluger’s 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine, which continues to produce 218kW of power and 350Nm of torque. No changes have been made to the Kluger’s 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine, which continues to produce 218kW of power and 350Nm of torque.

No changes have been made to the Kluger’s 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine, which continues to produce 218kW of power and 350Nm of torque, and is teamed to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Kluger finished 2017 with 12,509 sales, representing an increase of 5.7 per cent over the 11,829 sales it achieved in 2016.

The result was enough to place the Kluger second in the sub-$70,000 large SUV segment behind its LandCruiser Prado stablemate on 15,982 sales and ahead of the likes of the Subaru Outback (11,340), Holden Captiva (9588), Mazda CX-9 (9012) and the Isuzu MU-X (8087).

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