A suite of safety technologies previously fitted exclusively to the top-grade Kluger Grande is now standard on the range, including the GX and the mid-range GXL.
The Kluger safety technologies, which help prevent or mitigate a collision in different traffic situations, include a pre-collision safety system, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure alert, active cruise control and automatic high beam.
All these features are included on the GX grade for a price increase of just $950. GXL buyers will also receive rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert for an increase of $1,400.
Kluger is the third Toyota SUV to receive this package of safety features in recent months, following RAV4 in October and Prado in November.
Prado is Australia’s best-selling large SUV with 15,982 customer deliveries last year, an increase of 8.5 per cent. Kluger is second in the segment with sales rising 5.4 per cent last year to 12,509 vehicles.
RAV4 had its fifth consecutive year of record sales, topping 20,000 for the first time with a full-year total of 21,077 sales, up 7.9 per cent.
Toyota’s pre-collision safety system uses a camera and radar to monitor the road ahead, and has been updated to enable detection of pedestrians as well as other vehicles.
If the system detects there is a risk of a collision, it uses audible and visual warnings to prompt the driver to brake. It also primes the brakes to provide extra stopping force when the driver presses the brake pedal.
If the driver does not respond to the alerts, the system can automatically apply the brakes to help prevent a collision or reduce the force of impact.
This autonomous emergency braking technology can reduce vehicle speed and potentially bring the car to a complete stop in some circumstances.
Toyota’s active cruise control helps the driver maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front while the lane-departure alert system can help prevent accidents by using audible and visual alerts to notify a driver if they are drifting out of their lane.
Automatic high beam switches between high and low beams to avoid dazzling other drivers. As high beam is used more frequently, obstacles are easier and quicker to spot.
The latest changes arrive less than a year after Toyota introduced significant advances for Kluger that delivered stronger performance, improved fuel economy, fresh styling and additional features.
Kluger’s 3.5-litre V6 engine, equipped with direct-injection technology for brisk acceleration and overtaking performance, delivers 218kW of power and 350Nm of torque.
With its eight-speed automatic transmission, 2WD Kluger uses just 9.1 litres/100km4 for the GX and mid-spec GXL grades and 9.3 litres/100km for top-of-the-range Grande while all AWD variants are rated at 9.5 litres/100km.
Every new Kluger is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at a maximum of $180 per service.
2018 Toyota Kluger Updated Pricing:
- 2WD GX – from $44,500 (+$950)
- 2WD GLX – from $45,950 (+$1,400)
- 2WD Grande – from $65,646 (no change)
- AWD GX – from $48,500 (+$950)
- AWD GXL – from $58,950 (+$1,400)
- AWD Grand – from $69,617 (no change)