Family wagon refresh

TOYOTA has upgraded its Kluger family wagon, increasing specification throughout and reducing prices by up to $1000.

The Japanese carmaker says the new Kluger has stepped-up road presence, comfort, convenience and flexibility.

Revisions include a new bonnet, grille, bumpers, front fenders, headlamps, taillights and door mouldings.

Inside, Kluger has revised centre-dash register colour for all grades and increased seating flexibility for seven-seat versions, with a 50-50 split-fold backrest for the third-row seat.

The grade line-up remains unchanged with 2WD and AWD versions in four variants – in ascending order five-seat KX-R and seven-seat KX-R, KX-S and Grande.

Recommended retail prices for KX-R models have been reduced by $1000 and start from $39,990 for the 2WD five-seat version.

KX-R models also gain a large rear spoiler, improved audio system with Bluetooth mobile telephone and USB input, plus a new design for its 17-inch alloy wheels.

Mid-range Kluger KX-S is $800 more affordable, yet its equipment list expands to include perforated leather-accented trim on the first and second-row seats, and chrome finish on the roof rails.

It also has an improved audio display screen and USB input for its six-disc CD MP3 audio unit.

Top-of-the-range Grande comes with a $414 price reduction while also being fitted with perforated leather-accented trim for the first and second-row seats.

Other enhancements for Grande include 3.5mm AUX input on the Audio Visual Navigation system, revised woodgrain-look trim that now extends to the rear climate-control surround, chrome-finish roof rails and a new design for its 19-inch wheels.

Across the range, Kluger's exterior mirrors now have “puddle” lamps that illuminate the ground around the front doors for added comfort and safety.

Power comes from a 3.5-litre V6 engine with variable valve timing with intelligence (on the inlet and exhaust cams), and five-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission.

Toyota Kluger

KX-R five-seat $39,990

KX-R five-seat AWD$44,490

KX-R seven-seat $42,690

KX-R seven-seat AWD$47,190

KX-S seven-seat $50,990

KX-S seven-seat AWD$55,490

Grande seven-seat$60,990

Grande seven-seat AWD$65,490

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