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by Tim Beissmann

Toyota Australia has confirmed the Toyota Kluger will receive a facelift in the fourth quarter of 2010 following the debut of the 2011 Toyota Highlander (overseas Kluger) at the 2010 Moscow International Motor Show next week.

Toyota Australia’s Mike Breen said he could not give an exact date on when the updated Kluger would arrive Down Under, but confirmed it would hit showrooms before the beginning of 2011.

Mr Breen admitted the Australian-specification Kluger would not benefit from any mechanical upgrades, with visual and interior tweaks all that local customers should expect from the facelifted model.

“There is no technical change. It’s external changes and a few small interior changes,” he said.

The full details of the 2011 Kluger update are expected to become clearer at its Moscow debut next Wednesday.

Mr Breen also denied there would be any changes to the Australian-specification Prado in the short term, after images and details of an updated European version of the 4×4 were revealed earlier in the week.

“There are no technical changes or facelifts scheduled for Prado in Australia. We only launched it last November,” he said.

The updated Prado for Europe gains 14kW and 10Nm taking output from the 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel up to 141kW and 420Nm of torque.




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