Toyota Kluger : new-gen here March; passes on diesel, hybrid and eight…

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Toyota Kluger new-gen March; passes on diesel, and eight seats

The third-generation Kluger will be the first model the brand has offered but that petrol-loving market has diesel power out, the alternative petrol hybrid has deemed too expensive for our country.

main market for this globally is North America,” Toyota Australia product relations manager Stephen at the international launch of the new model.

don’t have an interest in and don’t currently offer it in segment.”

Asked whether the hybrid version would be of to Australians, Coughlan conceded, “I say yes”.

“I think there be interest in a vehicle that the same packaging flexibility increased torque and benefits in efficiency.”

The caveat is, he argues, that premium attached to the hybrid is probably a little too high at the and you’ve only got to look at the point in the US to see that the premiums are a too much to make it stack up for a case and achieve reasonable

In the US the Kluger hybrid sells for $6000 more than the petrol version.

He cites paying a $3000-$3500 premium for a SUV over a petrol one as roughly the surcharge required, “but beyond that it becomes out of consideration set and the car won’t sell in the it deserves”.

Coughlan adds, however, “I’m confident they Australia] would reconsider it if dropped”.

The Toyota Kluger was built both in Japan and the US, but for the time it will be built in the latter country, such is its there. Indeed, the business for producing right-hand drive at the Indiana factory, which only be destined for Australia and New was tight, tells the executive.

“We had to put a robust and logical argument, as our annual volume is only a of what North America is on a basis, because as with New we are the only two RHD markets.

“We had to show TMC how this model was to our customers in our and we had to look at historic results and achievable future targets.”

The outgoing Kluger, which six last year, the final of its lifecycle, fell hard in the race, particularly against a and resurgent Jeep Grand

Of whether Toyota predicts an in popularity for the new model, Coughlan “we always do, especially at launch, but it on supply. We can only ever as much as we can get, and we expect car to be well received and in strong

He concedes, however, that contenders in the large SUV segment as the Grand Cherokee and Nissan have forced Toyota to its pricing and equipment policies.

“There’s definitely a lot of competitive in the segment.

“It pushes us to review the that we offer, in line competitor offerings and at the prices they’re charging.”

Along the 201kW/337Nm 3.5-litre V6 petrol to be the only Kluger engine a three-tier range with and all-wheel drive will be maintained. The current KX-R and grades are, however, to be replaced by GXR and GXR-S in line the RAV4 below it and Prado it, with the flagship Kluger unchanged.

Coughlan says will “cascade” down previously high-grade models to the and middle-tier model, with parking sensors and reversing confirmed for the entry car, and keep assistance and radar control to debut on the top model.

Seven seats will now be where formerly they optional, though Australia the eight-seat option available in the US the local arm believes the Kluger better without squeezing an passenger into the third

“We wanted to maximise third-row and not reduce it by introducing an extra to the car,” tells Coughlan, a more compact double suspension design as helping to luggage capacity and legroom, and of extra width between the axles aiding shoulder

“It makes for a reasonably comfortable third row rather than a three-seat third row.”

confidently claims big improvements to in addition to steering, with the new A more sophisticated double rear suspension set-up on all models. All-wheel-drive models score a new ‘on demand’ system typically sends 100 per cent of to the front wheels, but can either be 50:50 automatically or locked, and vectoring control to enhance ability.

The third-generation Toyota Kluger on-sale in mid-March with expected to remain steady, at $40K-$65K.

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