Toyota’s Kluger is one of the best car in large crossover SUV segment. Models of Kruger have provided a lot in the SUV segment by offering balance of car-like dynamics, relative fuel economy and excellent passenger carrying ability. Now with all new Kluger, Toyota is trying to cash on a new bigger body with seven-seats as standard and updated features.
With an increase in seat count, the Kluger’s entry price has also increased up to $40,990, which is $500 more from the current $40,490 five-seat KX-R. The previous versions like KX-R and KX-S have been replaced by the Toyota-traditional GX and GXL, but the Grande moniker still has got the top spec. All models are available in either front or all-wheel drive.
The base $40,990 GX model is $2,200 less than the previous seven-seat front-drive KX-R model and has got extra features worth $2000. The features include a 6.1 inch multimedia display, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, the Toyota Link connectivity interface, three 12V power sockets, conversation mirror, 18-inch alloys and auto headlights
The 2WD GXL models starts at $49,990, and apart from all the features of GX, it has three-zone climate control, proximity seats, leather trim accents and power driver’s seat.
The top model Grande starts at $63,990 and has got all the features of other models. In addition, it has ventilated front seats, sunroof, active cruise control, DAB+ digital radio an 8-inch multimedia display with SUNA live traffic updating satnav,a 9-inch overhead rear seat entertainment screen, second row retractable sunshades, with Blu-ray and three sets of wireless headphones,a 4.2 inch color instrument display, powered tailgate, 19-inch alloys and LED headlights with auto-high beam.
The all new Kluger’s has got aggressive and bigger looks. It has got the same 2790mm wheelbase but has got extra 80mm length, most of which is behind the rear wheels.So it makes a total of 4685mm which benefits the second and third row passengers along with the cargo.
The MacPherson strut arrangement has been replaced by wishbone rear suspension design. Third row passengers can now have 110mm more shoulder room and 83mm more hip room, along with extra gap as the side doors has been widened by 70mm. A reclining function has been included in the one-motion fold mechanism.
With the Grande’s glass hatch component of the tailgate, the loading of the window line is now much easier. Kluger provides variety of textures and colors to create a good effect. It offers an excellent perception of quality and storage spaces accompanied by the large padded under dash tray and cavity console of 24.5 liter.
High-tensile steel is used in the construction of the car that’s why despite its increase in size and features, the new Kluger’s weight has just increased by 135kg.
The only problem with the all new Kluger is that, there is no hybrid or diesel version available. The new model comes with the 201kW/337Nm (at 4700rpm) and 3.5-litre petrol V6 of the previous generation. Although, the automatic transmission is now a six-speed unit which is better than the previous five-speeder.
The Kluger is powered by the new torque vectoring part-time system, all-wheel drive and a flexible lockup for the new transmission which offers improved fuel consumption of between 10.2-10.4L/100km for 2WD models, and 10.6L/100km for AWD versions. An open-road range of approx. 680km can be expected from the 72L tank as Kluger gives best result on regular 91 RON fuel.
All models of Kluger come with seven airbags, reversing camera and rear sensors, traction and stability control along with hill-assist. Grande models also come with active cruise control, pre collision safety alert, lane departure alert, blind-spot monitoring and brake assist.
- A strong combination of V6 and CVT.
- Flexible seating layout with seven standard seats.
- A family friendly design
- It can lean through bend.
- No Hybrid or diesel engine.
- Thirsty when pushed hard.
2014 Toyota Kluger
Price: Starts from $40,990
Engine: 3.5-litre petrol V6 201kW/337Nm
Transmission: 6-speed torque converter auto
2014 Toyota Kluger list pricing
Kluger GX 2WD – $40,990
Kluger GX AWD – $44,990
Kluger GXL 2WD – $49,990
Kluger GXL AWD – $53,990
Kluger Grande 2WD – $63,990
Kluger Grande AWD – $67,990
The new Toyota Kluger has got many amazing features. It is available in many models thus fulfilling the needs of everyone. The main USP of the car is that it has got ample of space and it is a perfect choice for a big family which is looking for a car in the large crossover SUV segment.