Updated 2017 Toyota Kluger now on sale in Australia

The 2017 Toyota Kluger has reached Australian shores with slight pricing increases offset by gains in equipment, fuel efficiency, power, and drivetrain technology.

Externally the car is distinguished by modifications to the lights, grille and tail lamps, but that’s about it.

Engine-wise, the new 2GR-FKS now makes 218kW and 350Nm – improvements of 17kW and 13Nm – while a new eight-speed automatic gives the seven-seat SUV an extra two ratios to use. The power improvements come about from the use of a D-4S injection system, which, like the 2GR-FSE formerly exclusive to Lexus, combines port with direct injection.

Stop-start was considered too expensive to add to Australian specification vehicles. Nevertheless, fuel economy improves substantially for 9.1L/100km for front-drive GX, 9.3 for GXL and Grande, while the all-wheel drive models net 9.5L/100km when that $4000 option is ticked.

Equipment gains include an 8.0-inch infotainment touch-screen for mid-spec GXL, plus a power tailgate. The flagship Grande picks up a birds-eye view panoramic camera and rear cross-traffic alert.

It faces off against the likes of Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and Mazda’s CX-9. In addition, Kluger prices are backed by Toyota’s $180 capped-price service guarantee. Here is a run-down of the price adjustments for the 2017 Kluger.

2017 Toyota Kluger GX – $43,550 (up $1360)
2017 Toyota Kluger GXL – $53,550 (up $2360)
2017 Toyota Kluger Grande – $65,935 (up $1860)
AWD: Add $4000 ($29 less on Grande)