UPDATED TOYOTA KLUGER ON SHOW IN NEW YORK

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A significantly upgraded version of Toyota’s seven-seat Kluger SUV is set to be previewed at this year’s New York International Auto Show, running from March 25 to April 3.

Technical highlights include the adoption of Direct-Injection for the 3.5-litre Dual VVT-i V6 engine and a newly developed ‘Direct Shift’ eight-speed automatic transmission.

Scheduled to arrive in Australia in the first half of 2017, the revised Kluger also features fresh exterior styling, with a new upper and lower grille design and restyled tail lights.

The updated 3.5-litre Direct-Injection V6 delivers more power and even better fuel economy, with two extra ratios in the compact eight-speed transmission further enhancing efficiency and driveability.

Toyota executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said Kluger enjoyed record annual sales in Australia in 2015.

“Sales of close to 14,000 units made 2015 Kluger’s best ever year in Australia,” Mr Cramb said.

“Its combination of performance, space, safety and efficiency has made it an Australian family favourite, and these upgrades to the current third-generation version will help further cement that position,” he said.