Drive New Toyota Kluger SUV at 2013 New York Motor Show

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It looks noticeably bigger in the metal, but Toyota promises the new Kluger SUV will be more fuel efficient despite the fact that Australia will continue to get the thirstiest of three models available globally.

Toyota took the covers off the new Kluger (or Highlander in some markets) at the 2013 New York motor show overnight, revealing a car that is 65mm longer and 15mm wider, but 30mm lower to the ground than the car it replaces.

Toyota Australia released limited details about the car, confirming only the 3.5-litre V6 for the local market, with the Kluger due to arrive in the first half of 2014.

A smaller 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine available in the United States — and also sold here in the Lexus RX270 — won’t make it here, nor will the hybrid version of the V6.

Only the six-cylinder, project manager Tomoyasu Harada told Drive, ruling out the four-cylinder and hybrid V6.

But the company promises improved fuel efficiency thanks to a new six-speed automatic.

The third generation Kluger is due in Australia in the first half of next year, and Toyota promises it will have a new more spacious interior that is more upmarket and features more technology.

The US version of the Kluger will come with an eight-seat option, however cars sold here will continue with seven seats.

Due to [Australian] regulations it will be seven passenger for right-hand-drive, said Harada.

The interior of the new Kluger has a cleaner, more modern look, with the dash echoing recent improvements to the Camry , Aurion , Corolla and RAV4 . More soft-touch materials have been used, although the clunky foot-operated parking brake remains.

The exterior adopts the more streamlined look debuted on RAV4, with a trapezoidal grille and thinner, wrap-around headlamps. The tailgate has also been redesigned with one-touch powered operation.

Toyota says the interior is also quieter thanks to new sound deadening materials and acoustic glass.

Fuel consumption appears set to continue to be the Kluger’s Achilles heel; there’s no prospect of a smaller engine or hybrid, and the president of the Indiana manufacturing plant, Norm Bafunno, also ruled out a diesel.

We have no plans to introduce a diesel at this point, said Bafunno.

with no diesel option and, apparently, no prospect of a smaller engine or a hybrid.

Many of the Kluger’s main rivals — with the exception of the Mazda CX-9 and Subaru Tribeca — have diesel offerings that form a large percentage of their total sales.

Toyota says the new vehicle has repositioned windscreen pillars for better front vision and bigger rear quarter glass to provide a better view at the rear.

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There’s also a redesigned middle seat that offers better access to the third row, while the extra length has liberated up to 34 per cent more cargo space behind the third-row seats.

Toyota says the new Kluger will provide a more dynamic driving experience, with new technologies that include Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel-Drive, enhancements in suspension performance, and optimised electric power steering.

Engineers have also revised springs and shock absorbers to improve handling.

The current model has been criticised for its mushy, comfort focused handling characteristics.

The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system uses sensors to judge speed and yaw angles to send torque to the rear wheels when required.

US models also get blind spot monitoring and a monitoring system that checks for cross traffic when the car is being reversed out of driveways.

The new Kluger will be imported from the United States rather than Japan, which means it will benefit from Australia’s free trade agreement with the States, eliminating the 5 per cent import duty.

Preliminary specifications:

Engine: 3.5-litre V6

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Drive system: Front- and four-wheel-drive

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