The refreshed 2017 Toyota Kluger has broken cover ahead of its debut at the New York Motor Show later this month, it’ll arrive Down Under early in 2017.

TOYOTA HAS REVEALED the refreshed 2017 Toyota Kluger ahead of its global debut at the New York Motor Show at the end of this month. Toyota has been tight with details but has said the seven-seater is “signficantly upgraded”. Kruger finished 2015 with 14,000 sales, making it the best year ever for the medium SUV.

The new Kluger gets a direct-injection 3.5-litre dual VVT-i V6 engine, but there’s no mention of power or torque in this application. This will be mated to a long overdue eight-speed automatic transmission. The rest of Kluger shows a new upper and lower grille design and restyled tail-lights.

Beyond this, you can expect it to be steady as she goes on the inside, with the new Toyota Kluger continuing with the technological bits and bobs of the current model. Toyota hasn’t mentioned it in the short statement accompanying the images, but we’re hoping the suspension, among a few other things, has been tweaked…

When Robert tested the 2015 version late last year, he wrote (in regards to fast dirt roads): “The Kluger is a big, boofy, soft-riding SUV that weighs two tonnes and has a suspension tuned for comfort not handling.  Nimble it is not, and there are low-range 4WDs that handle more sharply.  It is front-drive biased and you can certainly feel it through the steering wheel under power, and while there’s enough grunt the gearbox isn’t smart enough to be in the right gear at the right time at speed, so you’d best off using manual mode”.

Toyota Kluger 2017


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