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The next-generation Toyota Kluger will be powered by a V6 engine that produces more power and uses less fuel than its major competitor.

Kluger's new 3.5-litre dual-VVT-i V6 engine will be the most powerful non-turbo six-cylinder engine in the medium SUV segment, developing at least 200kW on regular unleaded fuel.

As well as being a class-leading performance in power, next-generation Kluger has lower fuel consumption and emissions, meeting strict Euro IV compliance.

Kluger's major competitor uses at least nine per cent more fuel, based on the Australian standard test.

The new quad-cam 60-degree V6 engine will be standard on all Kluger two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models.

Toyota Australia's senior executive director sales and marketing, David Buttner, said next-generation Kluger's engine would stand out in the medium SUV market.

"The new Kluger's power and economy - as well as its size and versatility - will make a compelling case for family buyers," Mr Buttner said.

"Today's buyers are asking for increased efficiencies and lower emissions without compromising performance, and new Kluger will deliver on all three counts."

Next-generation Kluger's 3.5-litre V6 engine employs variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) on both the inlet and exhaust camshafts.

This ensures optimum inlet and exhaust valve timing across the range of engine operating conditions.

The system increases engine torque in the low-to-medium and high-speed engine ranges for improved performance.

It also manages the air/fuel mixture and exhaust gas recirculation to reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions.

New Kluger's stainless-steel exhaust manifold has a built-in three-way catalyst.

This design accelerates the warm-up of the catalyst immediately after start-up, reducing exhaust emissions.

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