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Toyota Kluger Hybrid

Toyota to assess reaction to Nissan before committing to Kluger

Toyota Hybrid

Nissan preparing to enter the market with a Pathfinder Toyota has revealed that it is a ‘wait-and-see’ approach before to importing a corresponding version of its new Kluger.

Speaking at the Kluger’s launch in Queensland this Toyota Australia sales Tony Cramb admitted he observe rival hybrids before making a decision.

However, the temptation is there the latest Kluger is one of the few seven-seater SUV without a diesel option.

such as the Ford Territory, Santa Fe, Holden Captiva 7 and Kia rely heavily on sales of the frugal engine choice.

is a hybrid version of this in the US, and we’ve chosen not to bring it to for overseas demand reasons,” Mr told Wheels. “But we are to watch and see what happens.

“Hybrid is one of our platforms that we are to introduce, but we need to see that it is for that segment first and has to be a demand for it.

“We’ll keep demand for it in the SUV segment to see if it is appropriate.”

announced five months ago the Pathfinder would be offered a hybrid flagship by the middle of year.

It will feature a 184kW/330Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine/battery-powered motor combo capable of around 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres – a 25 improvement over the standard petrol V6.

However, there is a to pay for such parsimony, with the Supercharged Hybrid expected to a circa-$8000 price premium the V6.

It is believed a similar premium be necessary for Toyota to justify the of homologating the Kluger Hybrid for

Not coincidentally, both the Toyota and SUVs are now sourced from the US, a hybrid is generally deemed necessary than a diesel – although a recent sales for other manufacturers suggests diesel is finally gaining over there.


Meanwhile, Toyota has rejected the aspirated 138kW/250Nm 2.7-litre petrol engine available in the US of the Kluger, at least for the foreseeable

“It just isn’t worth a Toyota spokesman said. “It be much cheaper, uses as much fuel and isn’t as powerful.”

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