HYBRID POWER SET TO FEATURE IN NEXT-GENERATION TOYOTA KLUGER

Toyota Australia has confirmed the next-generation Kluger SUV will offer both hybrid and V6 petrol engine options when it arrives in Australia in the first half of next year.

It will be the first time a hybrid powertrain has been offered on Kluger in Australia with the hybrid range now accounting for more than one in every five Toyota sales.

The newest Kluger which is built in the United States will provide customers with the choice of a 2.5-litre new-generation hybrid system or a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine.

Kluger’s total hybrid system power output is expected to be around 179kW (subject to final homologation) when it arrives in Australia, with excellent fuel economy and low emissions, supplemented by electric motors and a hybrid battery located under the second-row seats.

The powerful quad-cam V6 is expected to deliver 218kW to the road through a direct shift eight-speed automatic transmission.

The all-new Kluger V6 will offer front and all-wheel-drive (AWD) platforms, while the hybrid drivetrain is equipped exclusively with an intelligent AWD system that incorporates front and rear electric motors.

Built on the Toyota New Global Architecture GA-K platform, engineers have been able to develop a lightweight and highly rigid bodyshell with a low centre of gravity – features that provide the new SUV with nimble handling and comfortable driving around town and on the highway. In turn, the engineers have been able to build a longer, more distinctive body that delivers a more flexible interior with expanded cargo space and a more tailored ambience.

The new Kluger will also come equipped with advanced Toyota Safety Sense active safety technologies designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions across a wide range of traffic situations.

“The all-new hybrid Kluger is the result of combining Toyota’s hybrid leadership with extensive experience in SUVs, along with an unrivalled reputation for quality, durability and reliability,” Mr Hanley said.

Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said “The hybrid Kluger is a logical step for a company that has sold more than 15 million hybrid vehicles globally, including in excess of 135,000 in Australia”.

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