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by Tim Beissmann

The Toyota Kluger Altitude special edition is now on sale in Australia, bringing new levels of value and equipment to the popular large SUV range.

Priced from $44,990 in front-wheel-drive specification and $49,490 in AWD, Toyota says the Kluger Altitude package adds more than $8000 in extra features for a $2300 premium over the KX-R variant on which its based.

The special edition seven-seater scores 19-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, black roof rails and Altitude badging on the outside, while the cabin gains satellite navigation with 3D display, tilt and slide sunroof and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a nine-inch screen and wireless headphones.

The satellite navigation system features SUNA traffic monitoring and speed camera warnings, and is displayed through a 6.1-inch touchscreen that also facilitates Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, USB and SD card readers, voice recognition and SMS text-to-voice functionality.

The Toyota Kluger Altitude is available in four colours – Ebony, Crystal Pearl, Silver Pearl and Graphite – and features a black fabric interior.

Like all Kluger models, the Altitude teams a 201kW/337Nm 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with a five-speed automatic transmission, and burns fuel at a rate of 11.0 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

The Kluger becomes the fourth SUV in Toyota Australia’s line-up to get the Altitude treatment this year, following similar special edition packages for the Prado, LandCruiser 200 Series and RAV4.

The Toyota Kluger is the third-highest selling vehicle in Australia’s large SUV segment. With 11,027 sales to the end of October (up 26.5 per cent on 2011), the Kluger trails only its more hardcore off-road sibling, the Toyota Prado (14,496), and the locally manufactured Ford Territory (12,459) in the market.