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Toyota Kluger rolls out auto braking across 2018 range

By David Bonnici, 19 Jan 2018 Car News

Toyota Kluger rolls out auto braking across 2018 range

Toyota’s roll-out of advanced safety features across more of its models has extended to its big-selling large soft-roader

The Toyota Kluger range has added more active safety, with all variants now equipped with automatic emergency braking  as standard.

Previously exclusive to the range-topping Kluger Grande, Toyota’s suite of advanced driver assistance features, which also include a pre-collision system, active cruise control, lane departure warning and auto-high beam, have rolled out to the GX and GXL.

The mid-spec GXL also gains rain-sensing wipers, blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

The tech upgrade means the entry-level GX’s price goes up by $950 fopr both front- and all-wheel-drive versions, while the extra features in the GXL attract a $1400 premium. The changes and price rises apply to both front- and all-wheel-drive models.

Kluger Grande pricing remains unchanged.

Toyota's pre-collision safety system uses a camera and radar to monitor the road ahead, and was updated to enable detection of pedestrians as well as other vehicles.

If the system detects there is a risk of a collision with either, it uses audible and visual warnings to prompt the driver to brake. It also primes the brakes to provide extra stopping force when the driver presses the brake pedal.

If the driver fails to respond to the alerts, the system can automatically apply the brakes to help prevent a collision or reduce the force of impact.

No other changes have been made to the Kluger, which is still relatively fresh from a 2017 upgrade that brought stronger performance, improved fuel economy, fresh styling and more features.

The Toyota Kluger is the second-biggest selling large SUV in Australia after its more off-road focused LandCruiser Prado stablemate, with 12,509 sold last year.

2018 Toyota Kluger pricing*

  • GX FWD - $44,500
  • GX AWD - $48,500
  • GXL FWD - $54,950
  • GXL AWD - $58,950
  • Grande FWD - $65,646
  • Grande AWD - $69,617

*Before on-road costs