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Local pricing and specifications for the 2017 Toyota Kluger range have been announced this week, bringing styling enhancements, an updated powertrain and new active safety features.

Kicking off at $43,550 plus on-road costs, the new Kluger’s entry point is $1360 higher than before, with the wider range seeing price increases of $1860-$2360 depending on model.

Headlining the 2017 model-year update is the updated version of Toyota’s 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine – which is standard across the range – now featuring direct injection, pushing outputs up 17kW and 13Nm to 218kW and 350Nm.

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Meanwhile, a new eight-speed automatic transmission helps to cut claimed fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent, while also offering smoother shifts than the outgoing six-speed.

The GX and GXL 2WD claim 9.1L/100km, while the Grande 2WD claims 9.3L/100km. Meanwhile, the all AWD variants are rated at 9.5L/100km.

Standard equipment on the entry-level GX includes seven airbags, rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, hill-start assist, air-conditioning, cruise control, six-speaker audio system, Toyota Link app compatibility, front fog-lights, and privacy glass.

Stepping up to the mid-tier GXL adds a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio, power tailgate, three-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, roof rails, premium steering wheel and shift knob, leather-accented seats, front seat heating, and a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

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Finally, the flagship Grande gets autonomous emergency braking with forward-collision alert, 360-degree camera system, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam, ventilated front seats, power moonroof, memory function for the driver’s seat, a 9.0-inch rear entertainment system with Blu-ray player, heated mirrors with memory and puddle lamps electrochromatic rear-view mirror along with retractable sunshades for second row passengers.

Those who want the extra traction of all-wheel drive will need to shell out an additional $4000 on GX and GXL models, while it costs $3981 on the Grande – the only variant affected by the luxury car tax (LCT).

All Klugers are covered by Toyota’s capped-price servicing program, running for the first three years or 60,000km (six services), with each visit costing $180 a pop.

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2017 Toyota Kluger pricing (plus on-road costs)

GX – $43,550 (+$1360)
GXL – $53,550 (+$2360)
Grande – $65,935 (+$1860)

All-wheel drive (GX, GXL) – $4000
All-wheel drive (Grande) – $3981

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