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Toyota’s next Kluger to petrol-only

Next year’s new Kluger will not be available diesel or hybrid power

redesigned Kluger will diesel and hybrid power to on exclusively with a V6 petrol when it goes on sale in within 18 months, motoring.com.au has

The Japanese brand announced in that production of its current seven-seat crossover wagon will end in Japan by late when the next-generation Kluger is due to

Instead, the all-new Kluger be manufactured exclusively in China and America, which will both Russia and Australia – the two markets in which the Kluger is sold outside the US.

Now, Australia Corporate Manager Planning Greg Gardner has motoring.com.au that a hybrid of the new Kluger — a name he Toyota Australia will be to retain – will not be produced in drive form, and nor will derivative be made available a diesel engine.

To fill the vacuum left by the mobile Prado and without a fuel-efficient Kluger in its portfolio, Australia is expected to import the SUV. based on the HiLux and in Thailand. This will Toyota in Oz an affordable diesel seven-seater such as the Prado was. But the Fortuner is unlikely to Australia before the next model is introduced — still a of years away.

Few other of the new Kluger — known as the in the US – are known, but the move means the will continue as Toyota’s diesel-powered mid-size SUV in Australia, direct rivals in the Ford Holden Captiva, Nissan Mitsubishi Pajero and Hyundai Fe all offer diesel power.

The lack of diesel power – as as 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol and hybrid versions, which are offered in North America’s Highlander – will mean next Kluger should to be available only with a 3.5-litre petrol V6 driving, in front- or all-wheel drive

Ford’s Territory has enjoyed a spike in popularity – with up almost 75 per cent so far this – due largely to the fact a diesel is finally available in the only SUV, while the predominantly Prado continues to be the nation’s large SUV priced under

Sales of Toyota’s Kluger, the best seller, remain with a 16.2 per cent to May this year, despite the the second-generation Kluger was released almost five years ago — in 2007.

It remains to be seen the third-generation Kluger, which Australia once hoped to itself at Altona, can maintain momentum in the face of fresh SUV next year, including new Colorado 7 and Nissan’s next which will also be Down Under from a US by late next year.

said it would increase Kluger/Highlander production at its Princeton by 50,000 – from a current to about 330,000 — the second half of 2013, a $US400 million ($A373m) and the addition of 400 jobs at Toyota Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) to export markets including and Russia.

Established in 1996, Princeton produces the Sequoia full-size SUV and people-mover.

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“The company invest about $400 to support global demand for the which will no longer be in Japan by late 2013,” Toyota Motor Corporation in

“Toyota builds Highlander in for that market only. is currently sold in Russia and and TMMI will export to countries.”

Toyota sold 1.3 million examples of the Highlander in 2001) and Highlander Hybrid in 2005) in North America 2001 and 2011, including than 100,000 petrol and about 5000 hybrids year.

Australia’s current Kluger and America’s existing Highlander come from Kyushu in but the MkIII model will not be there as part of Toyota’s new to build its vehicles where of them are sold, and its desire to exports from Japan due to a yen that has undermined profitability.

in February, Nissan announced it produce its fourth-generation Pathfinder, will switch from a ladder chassis to a monocoque shared with the Infiniti at Smyrna in Tennessee for global including Australia.

The new Kluger and will join a number of already imported to Australia the US, including all Jeeps, BMW’s X5 and X6, and the R-, M- and GL-Class.

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Published. 12 June 2012

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