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Toyota Grand Kluger 2024: stretched Kluger confirmed, Australian release plans not yet known

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

A newer, larger three-row Toyota Kluger will be launched in the US in mid-2023, sharing its stretched platform with the upcoming Lexus TX


The Toyota Grand Highlander – possibly called the Grand Kluger in Australia – will enter production early next year ahead of a mid-2023 launch in the United States.

According to a report in US industry publication Automotive News, the Grand Highlander will be a stretched version of the existing Highlander/Kluger which is available currently in both America and Australia under their respective name badging. 

Grand Kluger built in Indiana, alongside Lexus TX and standard Kluger

Toyota Kluger GX Hybrid 2021 Side Profile
If you thought the Kluger wasn’t big enough, a Grand Kluger is on the way

The Grand Kluger and related Lexus TX will be produced alongside the current-generation Kluger at the Toyota manufacturing facility in Princeton, Indiana. The Indiana plant is currently being expanded due to a US$803 million investment to grow its production capacity to take in the Grand Kluger and TX.

John Iacono, chairman of the Lexus National Dealer Advisory Council, said that the TX and related Grand Kluger “can’t come fast enough” for American dealers who cannot wait to get the cars on their showroom floors. 

The Grand Kluger is likely to be sold in turbo petrol and petrol-electric hybrid forms. The vehicle is expected to be available with Toyota’s new 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine, currently deployed in the Lexus NX350, plus a V6 petrol-electric hybrid engine in series-parallel hybrid and Grand Kluger Prime plug-in hybrid forms.

Toyota Kluger 2021 Grande Hybrid blue
The Grand Kluger could be over five metres long

Grand Kluger will give Toyota a Palisade, Telluride rival

The Toyota Corporation is investing plenty of money into making their production lines hybrid and electric friendly for future models. 

The Princeton, Indiana plant is currently undergoing an $803 million overhaul to accommodate new additions to the Lexus and Toyota lineups. 

By new additions, it seems this will be further investment into making better and more efficient hybrid powertrain technologies. 

Toyota Kluger GX Hybrid 2021 Badge
Toyota is investing significant money into the future of the Kluger

Auto Finance News reports that a further four factories in the US will receive $383 million from the Toyota group to boost the production of hybrid vehicles as demand rises for fuel-efficient vehicles. 

Huntsville, Alabama will gain the largest pool of money – $222 million – with the rest of the funds being distributed to factories in Tennessee, Missouri and Kentucky.

Hybrid and petrol engines likely for five-metre-plus Grand Kluger

Currently, the Toyota Kluger sold in Australia and in the United States is available with a 3.5-litre V6 engine or a 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid powertrain. 

The 3.5-litre V6 currently produces 218kW of power and 350Nm of torque, while the hybrid 2.5-litre four-cylinder makes 184kW/242Nm

But Americans believe the Kluger (Highlander) is not big enough in their country and can’t truly compete with the likes of the Hyundai Palisade or Kia Telluride

In the US, the Highlander can currently seat up to eight people, while the Australian marketed Kluger can only sit seven, however this could change if and when the Grand Kluger comes to our shores. 

Expect a longer length and wheelbase for a roomier cabin, along with either hybrid or full electric power by the time the Toyota Grand Kluger/ Lexus TX arrive in dealerships. 

For reference, the current Kluger measures in at 4966mm long, 1930mm wide and 1755mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2850mm. 

The Grand Kluger should arrive some six months before the Lexus TX, according to sources who spoke to Automotive News, sometime around the middle of 2023.