** New, torque-rich turbocharged four-cylinder engine replaces petrol V6 **
** Toyota Connected Services delivers welcome owner benefits **
** Upgraded multimedia system offers improved ease of use **
One of Australia's best-loved family SUVs, the Toyota Kluger, has gained a multitude of improvements to safety, technology and performance for its arrival in local showrooms in January, 2023.
Priced from $49,720 plus on-road costs1 for the GX 2WD petrol, the updated Kluger features a new 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that replaces the existing 3.5-litre V6 on all non-hybrid grades.
Toyota Australia Vice President Sales, Marketing and Franchise Operations Sean Hanley said the Kluger upgrades demonstrate Toyota's dedication to continually improving its products.
"Since launching last year, the new-generation Kluger has been a hit with Australians wanting the perfect family SUV," Mr Hanley said.
"Now with an upgraded multimedia system, new Connected Services functionality and the torquey turbo petrol engine providing improved driveability, the Kluger will be even more appealing," he said.
The new turbocharged powertrain produces a maximum power of 198kW and a strong 420Nm of torque, marking a 70Nm improvement over the V6 it replaces.
Peak torque is also developed from just 1700rpm - 3000rpm lower than the V6 - through to 3600rpm, offering smooth and effortless driving characteristics while improving fuel consumption by up to 0.4l/100km with the GX/GXL 2WD petrol now using 8.3l/100km on the combined cycle fuel test2.
The T24A-FTS has been fine-tuned by engineers with a long stroke and optimised injection to maximise output, while an electronically controlled, fully variable displacement oil pump ensures finely controlled oil pressure and volume.
A coolant control valve has been adopted to precisely control coolant flow rate, while the turbocharger and intercooler gain a unique cooling system, independent from the engine cooling system.
The highly efficient turbocharger has been constructed to offer strong responsiveness, low noise and reduced emissions.
Mated to the new turbocharged engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission, geared for strong start-off performance and low-rpm highway cruising.
The new 2.4-litre turbo-petrol engine is available with the choice of front- or all-wheel drive, joining the existing 2.5-litre AWD hybrid powertrain offering in the Kluger line-up.
Along with the new powertrain options, the Kluger range also gains the latest Toyota multimedia system, with all variants also gaining larger multimedia or Multi Information Display (MID) screen sizes.
The GX MID screen in the instrument cluster increases in size from 4.2 to 7.0 inches, while GXL and Grande multimedia touchscreens grow from 8.0 to an expansive 12.3 inches, with Grande variants now also paired to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster display.
The new multimedia system offers simple and natural navigation with a set of shortcut buttons along the side of the screen, and information easily projected onto two other easy-to-read tiles.
Wireless Apple CarPlay®3 is now available alongside wired Android Auto™4, while natural voice recognition has been further improved.
Along with the improved multimedia system, all Kluger grades also gain 12 months of complimentary Toyota Connected Services5 functionality, providing extra security and convenience for owners.
Using an inbuilt data communication module, Toyota Connected Services allows owners to remotely gain information about their vehicle through the myToyota Connect6 smartphone app, while also providing valuable safety and security features.
Owners can view information relating to fuel level, odometer readings, recent trip information, the vehicle's last known location, vehicle diagnostics, as well as some remote-control features.7
Connected Services also facilitates the adoption of cloud-based navigation, providing real-time weather, traffic, and parking updates, as well as first- and last-mile routing.
These convenience features are in addition to safety offerings such as Automatic Collision Notification8, in which the system is designed to trigger a call to a Toyota emergency call centre, if it detects an airbag or collision sensor has been activated.
An SOS button installed in the roof can be manually triggered to facilitate a call with the emergency call centre9, while the Stolen Vehicle Tracking10 feature can be used by authorities to potentially recover the vehicle in the event it is stolen.
As part of the update, all GX variants now gain automatic dual-zone front and single-zone rear air conditioning, while the Grande adds a wireless smartphone charger11. The Rear Seat Entertainment system will no longer be offered on Grande.
1 Recommended retail price provided for media purposes only. Statutory charges or other on-road costs not included.
2 Results achieved for Kluger GX/GXL 2WD petrol in ADR81/02 combined drive cycle fuel consumption testing. Results produced in laboratory test conditions, using sample vehicles without fitment of accessories/customisation, & do not reflect real world driving. Figures should only be used for comparative purposes.
3 CarPlay® is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Requires compatible device, USB connection, Bluetooth® connection, mobile data, network reception & GPS signal. Mobile usage at user's cost. Apps subject to change. For details see toyota.com.au/connected/ lexus.com.au/connectivity.
4 Android Auto™ is a trademark of Google LLC. Requires compatible device, USB connection, mobile data, network reception & GPS signal. Mobile usage at user's cost. Apps subject to change. For details see toyota.com.au/connected/ lexus.com.au/connectivity.
5 Complimentary period ends 1 year from delivery date. Fees may apply thereafter. See www.toyota.com.au/connected/plans-packages. Not available outside Australia, if services disabled or terminated or after 2033/Telstra 4G sunset (whichever comes first). Dependent on 3G/4G enabled DCM, GPS signal strength, mobile network coverage and other factors outside Toyota's control which can limit ability or functionality of system. Check your Owner's Manual or Toyota.com.au/connected for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
6 Connected Services complimentary period ends 1 year from delivery date. Fees and charges may apply thereafter. Requires activated DCM, compatible device & app installation, third party info, mobile data, network reception & GPS signal. Mobile usage at user's cost. Features subject to change. For details see Toyota.com.au/connected/connect-app.
7 Vehicle Status functionality varies for different Connected Vehicle models. Please check Toyota.com.au/connected to confirm functionality.
8 Driver assist feature only. Not a substitute for safe driving practices. Not available outside Australia or if service disabled or terminated. Only activates if vehicle's DCM detects airbag deployment or impact sensor notification. Dependent on 3G/4G enabled DCM, GPS signal strength, mobile network coverage, operational related components and other factors outside Toyota's control which can limit the ability or functionality of system. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
9 Driver assist feature only. Not a substitute for safe driving practices. Not available outside Australia or if service disabled or terminated. Only operates if vehicle's SOS button is pressed. Dependent on 3G/4G enabled DCM, GPS signal strength, mobile network coverage, operational related components and other factors outside Toyota's control which can limit ability or functionality of system. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations.
10 Not available outside Australia or if service disabled or terminated. Dependent on sufficient battery power, 3G/4G enabled DCM, GPS signal strength, mobile network coverage, operational related components & other factors outside Toyota's control which can limit the ability or functionality of system. Owner/driver required to obtain Police report. Vehicle location information, if available, only provided to Police. Vehicle recovery not guaranteed. For details, visit toyta.com.au/connected/faq-support.
11 Only Qi-supported devices compatible. Refer to device manufacturer. May require additional purchase of accessory to support wireless charging.