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2020 Toyota Kluger revealed in New York

The 2020 Toyota Kluger has been revealed at the New York Motor Show and while it’ll go on-sale in the US this year, there’s no word yet on when we’ll see it here.

After being teased via an art installation last week, the 2020 Toyota Kluger (known as Highlander in the US) has been revealed at the New York Motor Show. The new Kluger (Highlander) will launch in the US first with Toyota Australia saying timing for its local introduction hasn’t been confirmed.

Toyota Australia vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said, “The new-generation model expands Kluger’s role as a genuine crossover vehicle, offering the comfort, convenience and safety of a passenger car combined with the off-road ability of many traditional 4WD vehicles,” Hanley said.

“Kluger’s new platform and driver-assist technologies dial-up the fun-to-drive factor by making it even more agile on all road surfaces as well as being more surefooted with its ability in the bush,” he said.

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2020 Toyota Kluger

The new Kluger is longer than the old car (60mm) allowing for an additional 30mm of slide for the second-row seats to afford more legroom for those in the third-row seats. The new, fourth-generation Kluger becomes the first Toyota to ride on 20-inch alloys and debuts a new 12.3-inch infotainment screen.

“Underpinning the fresh design is a robust new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) platform, 220kW V6 petrol engine and eight-speed automatic, front- and all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems and Toyota Safety Sense driver-assist technologies designed to help prevent collisions or to mitigate their impact,” Toyota said.

2020 Toyota Kluger

The Kluger gets tweaks to its on-demand all-wheel drive system which can now send up to 50% of torque to the rear axle when slip is detected. It also features torque vectoring with a terrain-select system to tweak the throttle, transmission and traction aids to suit a variety of surfaces, including mud, sand, rock and dirt.
Toyota said it would reveal pricing and specifications closer to the Kluger’s local introduction. Stay tuned.

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.