Referring to the update as “significant”, the new-for-2017 Kluger brings direct injection for the 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine, along with a newly developed “Direct Shift” eight-speed automatic transmission.
Currently, the Kluger in Australia offers up 201kW and 337Nm from its 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine, matched with a six-speed automatic.
Fuel consumption is rated at 10.2 l/100km for front-wheel-drive models, and 10.6 for all-wheel-drive models.
Toyota says that’s all about to change, with the upgraded engine bringing more power with improved fuel economy, with economy further aided by the two extra ratios in the new automatic transmission.
Away from the engine bay, the 2017 Kluger also gets a new upper and lower grille design, new tail lamps and refreshed exterior styling.
“Sales of close to 14,000 units made 2015 Kluger’s best ever year in Australia,” Toyota Australia’s Tony Cramb said. “Its combination of performance, space, safety and efficiency has made it an Australian family favourite, and these upgrades to the current third-generation version will help further cement that position.”
When the covers come off at the Toyota stand in New York, the model will be wearing Highlander badges, under which it is sold in the US market.
The 2017 Toyota Kluger is due to arrive in Australia during the first half of next year, with pricing and local model specifications still to be finalised.