Due in Australia in the first half of next year, the 2014 Kluger's new exterior design conveys refinement and strength that complements a new, more spacious interior with an array of comfort, convenience and technology features.
The next-generation Kluger features a progressive silhouette, improved aerodynamics and sculptured side-door panels for a sophisticated and dynamic appearance.
The redesigned exterior is longer and slightly wider with trapezoidal grille, wrap-around headlamps, bold fenders and a newly styled rear liftgate.
Visibility has been improved through repositioning of the front A-pillars, while the size of the rear quarter glass has been increased to provide a wider view for driver and occupants.
Toyota engineers have added more refinement and functionality to the new Kluger's interior with premium materials and fittings, including a soft-touch instrument panel and easier access to the third row. Cargo space behind the third-row seats has also been increased.
The next gen Kluger will be offered in Australia with a 3.5-litre V6 engine with a variable intake manifold and dual variable valve timing with intelligence, which controls phasing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimise torque and fuel efficiency.
Fuel efficiency has been improved thanks to a new six-speed, electronically controlled automatic transmission that offers selectable manual sequential shifting.
The new Kluger will provide a more dynamic driving experience, with new technologies that include Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive, enhancements in suspension performance, and optimised electric power steering. Springs and shock absorbers have been tuned to help enhance the vehicle's handling characteristics.
Kluger's Dynamic Torque Control AWD system uses information sent from various sensors (speed, steering angle and speed, throttle angle and yaw rate) to automatically govern the transmission of torque to the rear wheels, as required.
A sophisticated, high-speed interactive management system coordinates control of the Dynamic Torque Control AWD, vehicle stability control and electric power steering systems to enhance Kluger's performance, handling and safety.
2014 KLUGER PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
Engine: 3.5-litre V6 with dual VVT-i
Transmission: Six-speed ECT-i
Drive system: Front and All-Wheel-Drive
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (mm)
Overall length: 4850
Overall width: 1925
Overall height: 1730
All Australian-delivered Kluger models will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Princeton, Indiana.