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by Brett Davis

Toyota has released details of the updated Toyota Kluger models as well as pricing which provides savings of up to $1000 over the existing model.

On the outside the new off-road vehicle features an updated frontal area including the grille and bumper bar, as well as a new bonnet design, headlights and tail lights, and front guards.

The model range remains the same, so there’s still two-wheel and four-wheel drive variants, and the usual KX-R, KX-S and Grande trim level offerings. Although there are changes made to these models.

KX-R models get a large rear spoiler mounted on the tail gate, an uprated audio system integrating Bluetooth technology and USB ports, and new 17 inch wheels. This model is available now for $39,990 for the two-wheel drive, five seat version. This provides a saving of $1000 over the existing model.

The KX-S gets leather trim (first and second row only) and chrome roof rails, seven seats, as well as an improved audio display for the USB-compatible six-stack CD/MP3 player. This model is now available for $42,690, $800 less than the current model.

Toyota is offering a saving of $414 for the top line Toyota Kluger Grande too, which is equipped with leather seats (first and second row only), a 3.5mm AUX input compatible audio system which is integrated into the navigation display. The car also gets 19 inch wheels.

Engine specifications remain the same – 3.5-litre V6 offering 201kW of power and 337Nm of torque – although the engine is said to be mounted on improved mounts which provide smoother and quieter engine operation.

The new car doesn’t feature a stability control warning buzzer either, like the superseded model, due to the potential startling effects it can present to the occupants if the ESP intervenes. The ESP system itself is still fitted though.

New prices are as follows:

Grade Two-wheel drive All-wheel drive
KX-R five-seat $39,990 (-$1,000) $44,490 (-$1,000)
KX-R seven-seat $42,690 (-$800) $47,190 (-$800)
KX-S seven-seat $50,990 (-$500) $55,490 (-$500)
Grande seven-seat $60,990 (-$414) $65,490 (-$414)



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