2023 Toyota Kluger – Lexus 2.4L turbo four-cylinder engine replaces 3.5L V6 NA for Australia; from RM147k

2023 Toyota Kluger – Lexus 2.4L turbo four-cylinder engine replaces 3.5L V6 NA for Australia; from RM147k

The Toyota Kluger SUV has been updated for the 2023 model year in Australia, bringing the 2.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine from the Lexus NX to replace the outgoing 3.5 litre naturally aspirated V6 petrol engine.

This is in addition to equipment updates, bringing improvements to the infotainment package and safety features; in Australia, the 2023 Toyota Kluger starts from A$49,720 (RM146,680) for the base GX 2WD, and up to A$74,720 (RM220,191) for the top petrol variant, the Grande AWD petrol; the Grande AWD hybrid costs A$78,160 (RM230,328).

Revised powertrain for the 2023 Kluger in Australia features the aforementioned turbo petrol four-cylinder engine that produces 269 PS and 420 Nm of torque, the latter representing a 70 Nm gain over the peak torque figure produced by the NA 3.5 litre V6, and is produced from 1,700 rpm to 3,600 rpm.

2023 Toyota Kluger – Lexus 2.4L turbo four-cylinder engine replaces 3.5L V6 NA for Australia; from RM147k

This 2.4 litre turbo petrol engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and is offered in either front- or all-wheel-drive. This powertrain joins the 2.5 litre hybrid powertrain with all-wheel-drive that is already offered for the Kluger in the Australian market, says Toyota.

The multi-information display (MID) in the base GX trim levels grows in size from 4.2 inches to seven inches, while the GXL and Grande trim levels gain multimedia toucscreen infotainment units now measure 12.3 inches across, up from eight inches previously. The Grande versions also get a 12.3-inch fully digital driver’s instrument cluster.

The updated multimedia system offers a set of shortcut buttons along the side of the screen, while information is also shown on two other display tiles, according to Toyota.

2023 Toyota Kluger – Lexus 2.4L turbo four-cylinder engine replaces 3.5L V6 NA for Australia; from RM147k

US market 2020 Toyota Highlander interior, with 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen

For smartphone connectivity, Apple CarPlay is now wireless, alongside wired Android Auto, with further improvement to the system’s natural voice recognition capability. In Australia, all trim levels for the Kluger receive 12 months of complimentary Toyota Connected Services.

This enables the user to see information about the vehicle through the myToyota Connect mobile app, offering information such as fuel level, odometer readings, recent trip information, the vehicle’s last known location, vehicle diagnostics, plus selected remote control functions.

Meanwhile, all GX (base) variants in Australia now gain automatic dual-zone front air-conditioning and single-zone rear air-conditioning.

In Malaysia, this 2.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine features in the Lexus NX 350 F Sport, which is priced at RM389,888 on-the-road without insurance. In the Lexus crossover for Malaysia, the engine produces 275 hp at 6,000 rpm and 430 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 3,600 rpm, sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Comments

  • Seribu on Dec 07, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    Umw should bring this in

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    • AutoFrenz (the original) on Dec 07, 2022 at 11:58 pm

      Totally agree…but use the Highlander name please not Kluger

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  • anonymous on Dec 07, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    i wished UMW woke up and brought this in malaysia as well (in hybrid form) along with the Rav4 instead of completely focusing on region specific models like the Vios, Innova etc. don’t get me wrong the Vios and Innova are welcome selections but why can’t we also get the global models? UMW consistently short changes us i give them that.

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    • Bring both of global and dnga toyota cars here. People are dreaming and wanting to buy Toyota

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    • Not that UMW wouldn’t want to bring this or any other global models in. The automotive regulation (taxes, manufacturing rules etc.) doesn’t make sense for them to do so. So long as Malaysia has to endure the PPP (proton protection policy) we won’t see these cars.

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      • Whatever it is, protection national car policy should be remove and will be free for all foreign brands

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  • CX-9 competitor?

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  • All hail a Toyota 2.4 litre petrol engine… you’ve been greatly missed.

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  • Better to bring Kluger and more global cars. Yeah, w

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  • Better to bring Kluger and more global cars.

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  • You cant afford on Dec 07, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Come to MY min 200k, you got money buy? Umw not bodoh to waste their effort

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  • RyanT on Dec 07, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    How come new Innova looks better than this? Innova looks more macho n manly, this looks like Pondan…haaa

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  • Micheal on Dec 08, 2022 at 1:15 am

    Good to hear to bring more sporty toyota models such as GR Corolla, GR Supra and GR86 with electric models like bZ4x and new usual toyota models but brand new platform such as Innova and Vios. But do bring more toyota models like this, Raize, new Hiace bring locally assembled for camry and corolla with hybrid models. Also time to bring back Prius and Sienna

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  • bukan xnak bawak masukkkkkk… xleh jual dalam bilangan yg banyak so tak berbaloi nak import byk2 masuk Msia, letak showroom dan kutip habuk. nak jual kene ada permintaan bukan 10-15 orang… kene ada economies of scale… 100s atau 1000s tempahan baru lah berbaloi. Bkn nya UMW xtau benda nie, depa dah buat market research lah… sama dgn model2 H yg xjual kat Malaysia but jual kat luar negaraaaaa

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