Toyota wheels out hybrid Kluger onto Aussie market

Hybrid Kluger due for release in Australia in June

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HYBRID VERSION: Australian motorists will get the option to buy a hybrid model when Toyota rolls out is new range of Klugers in June.

HYBRID VERSION: Australian motorists will get the option to buy a hybrid model when Toyota rolls out is new range of Klugers in June.

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Toyota will roll out a hybrid option for its new range of Kluger SUVs which will arrive in June.

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Australian motorists will get the option of buying a hybrid Kluger in June with prices starting at $54,150 for the basic model.

The all new Kluger will become the eighth model in the Toyota range to feature a hybrid drivetrain.

Toyota Australia vice president of sales and marketing Sean Hanley welcomed the addition of a hybrid option to the popular seven-seat family SUV.

"The popularity of SUVs continues to grow and the new Kluger hybrid models mean that families can have all the space, comfort, refinement and versatility of a large SUV with a low environmental impact," Mr Hanley said.

Priced from $47,650, the new Kluger is available in three trim levels - entry-level GX, mid-range GXL and top-of-the-range Grande - with all grades offered in petrol 2WD or AWD versions and hybrid AWD drivetrains.

The GXL AWD hybrid will be priced at $63,350 and the Grande AWD hybrid at $75,40

The new Kluger is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and features a 60mm longer wheelbase, 60mm more in overall length and is slightly wider than the current generation.

The new hybrid system combines a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with two front and one rear-mounted motor generators that generate a combined maximum output of 184 kilowatts.

Combined cycle fuel consumption is 5.6 litres per 100 kilometres with combined CO2 emissions of just 128 grams a km.

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Driving through an electronic continuously variable transmission (e-CVT), the e-Four AWD system allows up to 100 per cent of drive to be sent through the front wheels or up to 80pc through the rear, depending on conditions.

The transmission offers three modes - eco, normal and sport - while hybrid models are also fitted with a trail mode switch that further improves traction in slippery off-road conditions.

Inside, the new Kluger offers a larger cabin, particularly for third row passengers and increased luggage space.

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