Toyota has confirmed that black is always in fashion by unveiling a dashing special-edition Kluger dubbed Black Edition.
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The Kluger Black Edition is dressed to the nines with exterior treatments featuring bold black hues that dial up the attitude - and appeal - of the family-sized seven-seat SUV.
Based on the popular mid-grade GXL, the new arrival is set to turn heads with stylish 19-inch gloss-black alloy wheels and 245/55 tyres, replacing standard 18-inch rims.
Other smart black touches have been applied through the addition of handy roof rails, a large upper grille that straddles a body-coloured bumper, smoked backplates for the headlights and lower side mouldings.
Toyota Australia vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the Kluger Black Edition will enhance the driving experience through its unique styling and design touches.
"Toyota Kluger customers now have another opportunity to distinguish themselves beyond the contemporary design, seven-seat space and handling performance that is synonymous with every Kluger," Mr Hanley said.
The Black Edition is powered by Kluger's 218kW/350Nm 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with direct-injection technology for brisk acceleration and overtaking.
With its eight-speed automatic transmission, 2WD Kluger uses just 9.1 litres/100km2 for the GX and mid-spec GXL grades and 9.3 litres/100km2 for top-of-the-range Grande while AWD variants are rated at 9.5 litres/100km2.
Every Kluger is equipped with advanced Toyota Safety Sense3 technologies that help prevent or mitigate a collision in different traffic situations. These include a pre-collision safety system, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure alert, active cruise control and automatic high beam. Other safety features include seven airbags, reversing camera, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.
Premium features in the Kluger Black Edition include tri-zone climate control, power tailgate with separate-opening glass hatch, premium seat coverings and door trim, keyless smart entry and start, 12-way power driver's seat, 8-inch display screen with satellite navigation4, digital radio4, a 4.2-inch multi-information display and rain-sensing wipers.
Last year, Toyota customers bought Kluger in record numbers - a total of 14,743 vehicles representing an increase of 17.9 per cent.
The Kluger Black Edition, like all Kluger SUVs, is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at a maximum of $180 per service5.
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2 Achieved in test conditions for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted. Source: ADR 81/02 combined cycle (litres/100km).
3 Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
4 Coverage dependent on vehicle location.
5 Max price quoted is model specific. Applies to standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) for 3 years / 60,000km (whichever occurs first) up to a max. of 6 services. Excludes government and rental vehicles. For details see your Toyota dealer or visit toyota.com.au/advantage.