Toyota Kluger 5dr wagon range — Driven: Short supply to constrain new…

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Toyota Kluger

Toyota Kluger 5dr wagon


12 March 2014

says supply restrictions due to demand from North will likely keep the Kluger launched locally week from the top of Australia’s SUV sales charts.

Ford’s Territory, Holden’s Captiva 7 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee all the old Kluger’s 12,668 sales year. This week, said that supply of the new one likely see its sales only water – for now.

“We will be restrained in the early months as the ramps up in support of right-hand production,” said Toyota executive director of sales and Tony Cramb.

“In terms of we expect it to be the same as last

Demand for the Highlander (nee in the United States is so far running at 25 per cent above expectations, to Toyota, while the Indiana that is the sole global for the 50-series Kluger is still in a start-up phase for right-hand production.

A company spokesman that Toyota wants to the best possible quality both the suppliers and the factory.

Just two months ago, reported from the global drive event in California the Princeton facility was more capable of supplying Australia and New at least 1500 Kluger per month.

Despite the supply Mr Cramb is confident the new model be in with a strong chance at the one spot once vehicles are freely available.

He is also to see the latest Kluger continue the model’s blooming private-market which has expanded from per cent in 2007 to 56.5 per last year.

Besides in a richer and therefore more model mix, the result has seen a younger-than-average age demographic for the – a desirable outcome as that can lead to a lifelong affiliation that customer.

“Over the the Kluger has been a strong in the private market,” Mr Cramb “Last year was the best in the private market ever for rising to 56.5 per cent of sales.

“That is very important for the of buyer it brings into dealerships. More than of Kluger buyers are aged 45-years old – and that is the low end for this

“Over the life of the second-generation the two upper grades accounted for one-in-two sales; with the new we will continue that with the mid to high grades.”

To snare diesel buyers who otherwise overlook the petrol-only Kluger, Mr Cramb said it is being launched with a showing the Prado and RAV4 as of the company’s wider portfolio of

“I don’t see the lack of diesel as a major problem for two reasons,” he

“If somebody wants a Toyota they can buy either a Prado or a on either side of the Kluger. given the value for money and in fuel economy, that premium may take many to pay back if that’s the reason why want to buy a diesel. So either way I we’re going to be fine.”

The comment comes in the wake of the new Kluger GX’s $40,990 on-road pricing, which is cheaper than the previous KX-R equivalent

While that is also more than the old entry-level Kluger, Mr Cramb said over 80 per cent of sales for the three-row version.

Furthermore, the scores more than of added features including parking sensors, larger wheels and an extra gear for the standard automatic transmission.

opting for the all-wheel drive is now $500 cheaper than at $4000, which should the latter edge the front-drive as the more popular variant.

in at 40mm longer at either the third-generation SUV features a more design with a greater angle, smaller glass and wider track. Built on a platform shared with the Camry and US-only Avalon overall length increases by to 4865mm and width grows by to 1925mm, but height and wheelbase about the same at 1730mm and respectively.

The 2GR-FE 3456cc V6 is also largely carryover, 201kW of power at 6200rpm and of torque at 4700rpm.

In both the front-wheel drive and AWD an Aisin-supplied six-speed automatic replaces the old five-speeder, helping consumption improve by around per cent to 10.2 litres per in the former and 10.6L/km in the latter

Toyota Kluger

Only a Euro-IV emissions carbon dioxide pollution vary between an average of 237 per kilometre and 246g/km.

Conversely, the to 2065kg crossover requires 8.3 and 8.7 seconds to hit 100km/h from on the way to an 180km/h V-max.

Toyota a big deal about the two years its Technical Centre tuned the (MacPherson struts up front and a new wishbone arrangement in the rear, the old trailing arms set-up) and rack and pinion steering for handling, ride and gravel-road characteristics.

The steering ratio has quickened – down to 14.8:1 17.1.

About 30 per cent sound deadening has been to help quieten down the while there has been an in body and chassis strength and to further help with and refinement qualities.

Along with the longer overhangs and re-designed one-move second-row seat mechanism brings a larger aperture for entry and egress, the more rear suspension helps extra third-row space, boosting luggage capacity by 50 per when all seven seats are

The volumes vary from 195 to 529L in five-seat wagon to a lie-flat 1171L capacity in ‘panel van’ configuration.

Toyota says the latest benefits from higher materials inside, as well as design touches brought on by storage spaces such as an tray underneath the dashboard and a roll-top centre console 24.5-litre tambour opening.

The torque control, as part of the AWD system, sends between 10 and 50 per of drive rearwards as traction dictate, while an AWD-Lock is available up to 40km/h.

Finally, capacity is rated at 2000kg

Rear parking sensors and a camera are all standard, as part of a list of safety gear includes vehicle stability a hill-descent control on AWD cars, and airbags.

The flagship Grande also lane-change assist, auto beam, autonomous low-speed a blind-spot monitor, heated and front seats, an eight-inch DAB+ digital radio, GPS Suna traffic alert, sunshades and a radar-guided cruise system – amounting to a $7000 upgrade for a $3500 premium the previous variant equivalent.

new-to-Kluger features include telephony and audio streaming voice recognition, Optitron Toyota Link Apps and a display.

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