The third-generation Toyota Kluger.
The third-generation Toyota Kluger. David Dewhurst Photography

Toyota Kluger SUV to be more fun behind the wheel

TOYOTA is promising the updated family-friendly Kluger SUV will be more fun to drive.

Among the changes are a double-wishbone rear suspension system along with improvements to the electric power steering to help the Kluger "hug the road" and deliver a less wallowy feel from the seven-seater.

Not only should the new rear suspension layout help improve traction and handling, but the improved set-up also allows for extra space in the back. Third row seats and cargo areas have improved in size.

The new and improved Kluger will arrive in showrooms by March.  

Toyota says every third-generation Kluger will have seven airbags, a reversing camera, vehicle stability and traction control, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, hill-start assist control and four-wheel disc brakes.

Top-of-the-line versions will feature a pre-collision system with dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert and automatic high beam headlights.

Kluger will be available in two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with the latter incorporating Dynamic Torque Control to aid driving dynamics.

Dynamic Torque Control continually monitors and controls torque transfer between the front and rear wheels via an electro-magnetically controlled coupling in the rear differential.

It enables up to half the available torque to be directed to the rear wheels to promote sure-footed traction. The system automatically engages front-wheel drive under normal driving conditions to help improve fuel consumption.

Built in Toyota's Indiana plant in the United States, new Kluger will be powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine driven through a new six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the new Kluger underscored Toyota's commitment to greater driver enjoyment, more emotional styling and safety.

"New Kluger is the latest vehicle to embrace Toyota's commitment to producing vehicles with progressive styling, a more refined interior and with handling and ride comfort that rekindle the fun of driving," Mr Cramb said.

The third-generation Toyota Kluger.
The third-generation Toyota Kluger. David Dewhurst Photography

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