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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new Toyota Kluger will sport sharper, squarer styling when the covers come off at next week’s 2013 New York auto show.

The single teaser image confirms the third-generation Toyota Kluger – called Highlander in most overseas markets – will feature a broad, chrome-edged grille flanked by thin, horizontal headlights, while contoured bumper and bonnet panels combine for a tougher, more muscular appearance.

Like the current model, the new Toyota Kluger is understood to share its basic underpinnings with the mid-sized Camry sedan. It will continue to be available in front- and all-wheel drive, as well as available with up to seven seats.

While the second-gen Kluger is offered exclusively with a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and five-speed automatic transmission combination in Australia, the new model may offer customers greater choice, with more fuel-efficient four-cylinder and hybrid variants set to be offered in some overseas markets.

Toyota Australia says the new-generation Kluger is still at least 12 months away from arriving in local showrooms, by which time the outgoing model will be seven years old.

The 2014 Toyota Kluger will debut in New York on March 27.