Toyota expects increasing demand in the medium SUV segment with its new Kluger that is available, for the first time, in 2WD as well as AWD.
The new Toyota Kluger is significantly larger, roomier and more powerful than the vehicle it replaces. It is also more fuel-efficient compared with both the previous model and its main competitor.
Toyota's senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said the new Kluger is four vehicles in one.
"It drives and handles like a car, it has the space and convenience of a station wagon, and it has the ground clearance and AWD to cope with off-road conditions."
The new Kluger will be available in three model grades in both 2WD and AWD variants - KX-R, KX-S and Grande - with seating for up to seven people.
It will also feature electronic Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Active Braking with Intelligence - the combination of Anti-skid Brakes, Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution all as standard with a segment-leading total of seven airbags.
Although possibly the most important standard safety addition is a reversing camera fitted standard across the range, which should prevent drive-way accidents for which medium SUV's have become notorious for.
Powered by an efficient new 3.5-litre quad-cam V6 with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, it develops 201kW on regular unleaded fuel, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine in its class.
At the same time, next-generation Kluger is more fuel-efficient than its predecessor - using just 11.0 litres/100km for all models except the AWD Grande which is rated at 11.6 litres/100km.