The Toyota Kluger represents one of the best-selling crossover SUVs in Australia. The current model has been refreshed with a new grille, LED tail lights, and revised front and rear bumpers. But that it is not all. The newest 2019 Toyota Kluger has gotten more safety systems in every trim level making is safer and more reliable. So, available in three trim levels, GX, GXL, and Grande, the Kluger will offer a wide range of options and choices.
2019 Toyota Kluger engine and performance
Under the hood of the 2019 Toyota Kluger will be placed one engine option. And it is the same engine which powers the current model. It is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine which is capable of making 295 horses and 263 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. And it is available with front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations also. As for the fuel economy, connected to front-wheel drive system, this unit gets 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. The all-wheel drive model is rated at 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined.
Exterior and interior design
The 2019 Toyota Kluger continues with the same muscular and stylish design. The front end features a dramatic and a bit aggressive design with its large grille and angular, long headlamps. Moving to the rear fascia, the Kluger gets more conventional styling. As well, depending on a trim level, each model will get more chrome or black accents.
The interior of the 2019 Toyota Kluger comes with three-row seating configuration. And it is able to welcome up to eight passengers. The front and second rows of seats are comfortable even at long rides while the third row is best suitable for children. The second row can also be replaced for captain chairs which however reduce the seating for up to seven occupants. The base model comes with cloth upholstery while the higher trim levels will be offered with leather. As for the cargo, the Kluger has 14 cubic feet of space. The cargo space increases to 42 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded down. However, with just first seats up, there is a room of more than 83 cubic feet. In front of the driver, there is a wide and functional dashboard which is equipped with a 6.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment.
Equipment and safety
The 2019 Toyota Kluger will be sold in three trim levels and those are the base GX, mid-range GXL, and range-topping Grande. All the models will be equipped with a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 6.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment, Toyota’s Entune audio system, Bluetooth, USB, cloth upholstery, and a power driver’s seat. The higher trim levels will add three-zone climate control, navigation, a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, upgraded audio system, heated steering wheels, leather, a surround-view camera, a 9.0-inch rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-ray player and so on.
Furthermore, the standard safety features include seven airbags, stability and traction control, rear parking sensors, brake assist, and hill-start assist control. However, this time autonomous emergency braking will also be standard.
Release date and price of the 2019 Toyota Kluger
We still don’t have the information when the 2019 Toyota Kluger should go on sale. Its starting price is expected to be around $44,000.