Underneath the metal lies a new platform, which uses a double wishbone rear suspension system in place of the outgoing model’s torsion beam set up. With increased body rigidity, a more aerodynamic body shape, enhanced soundproofing contributes to a luxurious, quiet and comfortable ride with stable handling. The base option is a 2.5 litre 2AR-FE engine with 180 HP, matched to a seven-speed Sports Sequential Shift-matic Super CVT-i transmission with an optional Stop & Start System. It’s claimed to return a decent 12.8 km/l under the JC08 test cycle. At the top of the range sits a hybrid option, which uses a 150 HP 2AR-FXE 2.5 litre Atkinson-cycle engine paired to Toyota’s eCVT and E-Four (electric four-wheel drive) systems. A 141 hp electric motor at the front and a 67 HP rear motor help improve fuel efficiency to a claimed 19.4 km/l. Inside, the packaging has improved.
The interior height is maintained at 1,400 mm despite a drop of 10 mm in overall height, while the step height of 350 mm allows easy ingress and egress. There’s also a new 148-liter cargo area under the third-row seats – the biggest of its kind, says Toyota. Specify a spare tyre, though, and the available space drop to just 66 liters. Other enhancements include a standard LED roof, Smart Entry & Push Start System with Welcome Power Slide Door & Reservation Lock function. The latter can be set to automatically open the sliding door as the user approaches.
The vehicle has improved Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Pre-collision System can automatically apply the brakes to mitigate low speed accidents, while a Panoramic View Monitor with See-through View function (which apparently gives a view of the vehicle’s surroundings as if it were transparent) help with parking maneuvers. If you can’t be bothered, there’s an improved auto-parking system too. On the move, a Radar Cruise Control with All-speed Tracking function can be used to maintain a pre-set distance to the vehicle ahead between 0 to 100 km/h. Not all of these features are standard on all variants.