The forthcoming 2021 Toyota Kluger is in the works and it will feature a hybrid powertrain option. This model will become available in Australia, but the exact launch date is still a mystery. The reason is of course the COVID-19 outbreak. Most likely, the Kluger model will reach the Australian shores in the first quarter of 2021. It is a seven-seater SUV with a dynamic look and modern interior design.
It is Toyota’s second best-selling model in the Land Down Under and only Land Cruiser Prado manages better sales right now. For 2021, Kluger will introduce a modified platform that can accommodate a hybrid powertrain. Besides that, Kluger will offer its current V6 engine option once again.
2021 Kluger Facelift
The all-new 2021 Toyota Kluger will continue to wear a recognizable design language that both looks modern and stylish. However, a new architecture is a must for this SUV. Toyota will build 2021 Kluger around the next-gen global architecture. The new platform will provide a more flexible interior and it will accommodate a hybrid powertrain, according to Toyota.
We don’t know if the new platform will result in dimensional changes. However, many reliable reports are already writing about a slightly longer model. Thanks to that, the cargo area will be expended, along with the interior legroom.
The interior of the 2021 Toyota Kluger already looks upscale. However, the 2021 model will gain more tech and more high-quality materials. The interior is closely related to the cabin of the Highlander SUV. The first thing you will notice is a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen. The infotainment system is very functional and easy to use. The comfort is very good and the interior room is ample.
On top of that, the new Kluger will probably offer even more legroom. Toyota also offers a head-up display and the Safety Sense 2.0 suite is also available. Lastly, the arriving SUV will gain more driver-assistance aids such as auto emergency braking, road sign recognition, and adaptive cruise control.
Hybrid Powertrain Specs
The forthcoming 2021 Toyota Kluger will continue to offer the same standard and optional powertrain options. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder is standard engine choice, while a 3.5-liter V6 with 292 horsepower is optional. On the other hand, Kluger SUV will get its first hybrid option. The hybrid system will combine a standard 2.5-liter engine with a pair of electric motors.
Total output is rated at 240 hp. Moreover, a hybrid version will get a continuously variable transmission and a standard AWD system. As for the V6, this engine comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Toyota will reveal full hybrid specs in the coming weeks.
2021 Toyota Kluger Release Date and Price
The approaching 2021 Toyota Kluger will gain a lot of refreshments. That includes minor exterior and interior updates and mentioned hybrid powertrain. Thanks to that, the price will now start at around $46,500.
On the other hand, the range-topping trim will cost closer to $70,000. As for the release date, it seems like Kluger won’t arrive this year, because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Instead, the new Toyota’s SUV will reach the Australian dealerships in the first quarter of 2021.