Special-edition SUV arrives with black pack-style upgrades, while asking for $1000 more than the GXL trim on which it's based.

Toyota Australia has released the Kluger Black Edition, priced from $55,970 before on-road costs.

Based on the mid-range GXL trim, the Black Edition features a range of black pack-style add ons and appointments, which Toyota says "dial up the attitude – and appeal" of its top-selling large SUV.

Key highlights include 19-inch gloss black alloys shod in 245/55 tyres, black accents for the roof rails, front grille, headlight inserts, and lower side mouldings.

Carryover equipment from the GXL includes the Toyota Safety Sense suite, incorporating autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a rear-view camera, and seven airbags.

There's also tri-zone climate control, a powered tailgate, 'premium' seat and door trims, keyless entry and start, an 8.0-inch infotainment system with in-built satellite navigation, digital radio, 12-way power driver's seat, rain-sensing wipers, and a 4.2-inch driver's information display.

The Black Edition comes at a $1020 premium over the equivalent GLX, and is offered in eight "in vogue" paint finishes.

Power continues to come from a 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated V6 petrol, making 218kW and 350Nm, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive bumps the price up to $59,970 plus ORCs.

Toyota claims the Kluger uses 9.1L/100km in front-wheel drive guise, with all-paw versions bumping the combined figure to 9.5L/100km.

Last year the company sold 14,743 examples of the Kluger, representing a yearly increase of 17.9 per cent.