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2014 Toyota Kluger revealed

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31st March, 2013

Just days ago the all-new Toyota Highlander mid-size SUV made its debut at America's New York Motor Show. This model is known in Australia as the Toyota Kluger.

Due in Australia in the first half of next year, the third-generation 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.

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 mudguards and a newly styled rear tailgate.

Visibility has been improved through precise 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 passengers.

Toyota engineers have added more refinement and functionality to the new Kluger's interior with quality materials and fittings, including a soft-touch instrument panel and easier access to the third row of seats.

Cargo space behind the third-row seats has also been increased.

The new 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. In America, a hybrid/V6 and a four-cylinder will also be offered.

Fuel efficiency of the V6 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.

All Kluger models for Australia will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Princeton, Indiana, USA.

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2014 TOYOTA KLUGER PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

POWERTRAIN

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: 4,850
Overall width: 1,925
Overall height: 1,730
Wheelbase: 2,790


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