The Japanese car maker is once again giving some small but noticeable improvements to the one of its mid size crossover SUVs. It is the brand new 2018 Toyota Kluger. The last time this model has undergone some significant adjustments was back in 2014. So, when we compare these two models, the 2018 version will appear larger, more modern, more handsome and safer. On the other hand, besides the better look of the new Kluger, it will also appear with reduced weight. This will result in better fuel economy and improved handling too. The technology is supposed to be upgraded to the higher level too. As for the engine department, there probably won’t be any changes.
The new Toyota will be available in six trim levels like its predecessor which will differ in equipment and price. Its main competitors on the market will be Chevrolet Trailblazer and Jeep Grand Cherokee. To resume, the 2018 Kluger will be a good choice especially for the families because of the well-equipped and roomy cabin, strong powertrain and capability.
2018 Toyota Kluger engine and performance
When it comes to the engine, the 2018 Toyota Kluger will use the same unit as the current model. It is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with direct injection. This engine will be able to develop 270 horsepower. Its predecessor comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. However, latest news says that the 2018 year model should receive the new 8-speed automatic gearbox. The all-wheel drive configuration will be standard.
As for the fuel efficiency, new Toyota Kluger is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Design of exterior and interior
First of all, the 2018 Toyota Kluger will be lighter than before thanks to the usage of lightweight materials in its design. This will affect better fuel economy, handling and general performance of the vehicle.
Speaking of the exterior, the Kluger will feature sharper lines and more masculine and aggressive body. Its front end will be redesigned with larger and wider grille and longer intakes. Above the grille, there will be slightly redesigned fog lights. The rear end of the vehicle will look more aggressive too. The refreshed tail lights will get quality LED lighting. Moreover, the alloy wheels will feature a new design as well.
Inside, the 2018 Toyota Kluger will also receive a redesign, particularly the dashboard. The automaker has replaced the hard plastics with the softer materials. It will feature a touchscreen with latest infotainment system and Toyota’s Link Navigation. For the rear passengers, there will be a 9-inch touchscreen with DVD and Blue ray entertainment system.
Generally, the Kluger will be very spacious and comfortable. It is able to accommodate up to seven passengers providing great head and leg room for all the passengers. Furthermore, the seats will be upholstered in premium leather for more comfort.
As for the equipment, it will come standard with three-zone climate control, parking sensors, keyless unlocking system, a rear view camera and so on.
Release date and price
The 2018 Toyota Kluger should hit the market this fall. As for the price, we assume that it will start at around $30,000.