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21st January, 2014
Toyota's next-generation Kluger will deliver greater driving enjoyment,
comfort and safety for families when it arrives in Australian Toyota showrooms in March.
Vehicle engineers have taken advantage of developments, including a new double-wishbone rear suspension system, to
provide a more dynamic driving experience. The platform, suspension and electric power steering have been fine-tuned in
unison to ensure the seven-seat Kluger hugs the road more precisely and communicates more directly to the driver.
Improved handling and traction, particularly on rough surfaces and when cornering, allows drivers to enjoy their time
behind the wheel while passengers will appreciate the added ride comfort and safety.
The lay-out of the rear suspension also ensures more cabin space, particularly in the third row and cargo areas, with
shock absorbers placed relatively low and coil springs located under the floor. An increase in mounting rigidity for the
more conventional front MacPherson strut suspension also contributes to improved steering response and driver pleasure.
Every third-generation Toyota Kluger will have a comprehensive array of safety equipment including seven airbags, a
reversing camera, vehicle stability and traction control, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, hill-start
assist control and four-wheel disc brakes.
Top-of-the-line versions will feature a pre-collision system with dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert
and automatic high beam headlights.
Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the new Kluger underscored Toyota's
commitment to greater driver enjoyment, more emotional styling and safety.
"New Kluger is the latest vehicle to embrace Toyota's commitment to producing vehicles with progressive styling, a
more refined interior and with handling and ride comfort that rekindle the fun of driving," Mr Cramb said.
Kluger will be available in two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with the latter incorporating Dynamic Torque Control
to aid driving dynamics.
Dynamic Torque Control continually monitors and controls torque transfer between the front and rear wheels via an
electro-magnetically controlled coupling in the rear differential.
It enables up to half the available torque to be directed to the rear wheels to promote sure-footed traction. The
system automatically engages front-wheel drive under normal driving conditions to help improve fuel consumption.
Built in Toyota's Indiana production plant in the United States, new Kluger will be powered by a 3.5-litre V6
engine driven through a new six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission that helps improve fuel
Australians have acquired more than 100,000 Toyota Kluger SUVs since the first model arrived in 2003, making the
model a highly successful product for Toyota Australia.