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Toyota Kluger boosts comfort, convenience and value

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17th October, 2010

Toyota has upgraded its Kluger family wagon, increasing specification throughout and reducing prices by up to $1,000*.

The new Kluger has stepped-up road presence, comfort, convenience and flexibility.

The revised range includes a revamped exterior with a new bonnet, grille, bumpers, front guards, headlamps, taillights and door mouldings.

Inside, Kluger has revised centre-dash register colour for all grades and increased seating flexibility for seven-seat versions with a 50:50 split-fold backrest for the third-row seat.

The grade line-up remains unchanged with 2WD and AWD versions in four variants - in ascending order five-seat KX-R and seven-seat KX-R, KX-S and Grande.

The Manufacturer's List Price* (MLP*) for KX-R models have been reduced by $1,000* and now start from $39,990* for the 2WD five-seat version. KX-R models also gain a large rear spoiler, improved audio system with BluetoothTM** mobile telephone and USB*** input, plus a new design for its 17-inch alloy wheels.

Mid-range Kluger KX-S is $800* more affordable, yet its equipment list expands to include perforated leather-accented trim on the first and second-row seats, and chrome finish on the roof rails.

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It also has an improved audio display screen and USB input for its six-disc CD MP3 audio unit.

Top-of-the-range Grande comes with a $414* price reduction while also being fitted with perforated leather-accented trim for the first and second-row seats. Other enhancements for Grande include 3.5mm AUX input on the Audio Visual Navigation system, revised woodgrain-look trim that now extends to the rear climate-control surround, chrome-finish roof rails and a new design for its 19-inch wheels.

Across the range, Toyota Kluger's exterior mirrors now have "puddle" lamps that illuminate the ground around the front doors for added comfort and safety.

Power comes from a 3.5-litre V6 engine with variable valve timing with intelligence (on the inlet and exhaust cams), and five-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission.

The engine mounts have been redesigned to further reduce noise, vibration and harshness, while the vehicle stability control warning buzzer has been discontinued.

Toyota has sold more than 63,000 Klugers in Australia, of which two thirds are the second-generation model - launched in 2007.

New Toyota Kluger prices* (changes in brackets)

Model

Two-wheel drive

All-wheel drive

Kluger KX-R five-seat

$39,990* (-$1,000)

$44,490* (-$1,000)

Kluger KX-R seven-seat

$42,690* (-$800)

$47,190* (-$800)

Kluger KX-S seven-seat

$50,990* (-$500)

$55,490* (-$500)

Kluger Grande seven-seat

$60,990* (-$414)

$65,490* (-$414)

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Prices (MLP) exclude dealer delivery fees and the various statutory charges and any optional extras.
** The Bluetooth word mark is owned by The Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality will vary depending on the device.
*** USB input for some iPod/USB memory sticks.


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