The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to the New Toyota Kluger


The new Kluger SUV is here to smoothly transport you and your family wherever you want to go. With the new Kluger SUV, Toyota presents family drivers with a perfect blend of space, comfort, and efficiency. This is an SUV design that prioritises practicality without compromising on luxury and tasteful design. Read further to learn about the Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the new Toyota Kluger, as well as what to do when you’ve accidentally misfuelled your vehicle.


The Toyota Kluger, also known as the Highlander in a few countries, was introduced to Australia in 2003 with a 3.0-litre V6 and was loosely based on the Camry passenger car. In 2008, the second generation of the Toyota Kluger would hit the market, powered by a larger 3.5-litre V6. The third-generation Toyota Kluger arrived in Australia six years later.


The latest Kluger comes with the choice of an economical and powerful AWD Hybrid engine or an improved V6 engine. Toyota also implements its latest safety technology and innovative features designed to support safe driving in the fourth-generation Kluger.


The Japanese brand is moving away from big non-turbocharged engines in favour of smaller capacity turbo engines that are more efficient and produce less CO2 emissions, showing a steadfast commitment to a healthier planet. An impressive feature made for group trips and the need for extra room, this 7-seater has flexible cargo space thanks to folding second and third rows. Available in the GX, GXL, and GXL Grande, with the latter being the largest of the variations.


The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Performance in the Toyota Kluger


For the first time, Toyota has given Kluger drivers the choice between an improved petrol V6 engine, or the smooth ride of the All-Wheel Drive Hybrid. Although the All-Wheel Drive is standard on Hybrid, it is also an available option for petrol variations, giving you the confidence to take on any journey, no matter the terrain.


The 2.5 litre Hybrid engine of the Kluger delivers efficient daily motoring, while the upgraded 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine possesses 218kW of exploring power. Two different powertrains are available for the Kluger – a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine coupled to a rear-mounted electric motor.


Along with the 218kW of power, the V6 has 350Nm torque and can be bought in both front- and all-wheel drive versions of the new Kluger. An eight-speed automatic torque-converter transmission is standard. Fuel economy is rated at 8.7L/100km for the FWD versions and 8.8-8.9L/100km for the AWD variants, meaning you’re sure to get some steady mileage on a full tank.


The AWD systems in the GX and GXL feature a new Dynamic Torque Control system, which allows the rear axle to be disconnected when it’s not needed, with torque split from 100:0 to 50:50 across the axles, according to the conditions. The Grande model’s AWD system comes with torque vectoring, which adds a pair of couplings on the rear axle that enables torque to be sent independently to the rear left and right wheels as needed.


For off-road adventurers, all petrol-powered AWD Klugers use a multi-terrain drive select system that includes Rock and Dirt mode and Mud and Sand mode, which automatically adjusts the car’s steering, braking, throttle, and transmission to optimise traction and stability when you’re venturing off the beaten path in your Toyota Kluger.


The petrol and electric motors are mated to an electronic continuously variable transmission (e-CVT), with fuel economy claimed to be at just 5.6L/100km, while combined CO2 emissions measured at 208g/km. Braked towing capability is said to be 2000kg which is considerable for an SUV, giving you the option of using the vehicle for trade work. The Kluger also comes with a fuel tank capacity of 65L. Both transmissions also come equipped with three different driving modes – Eco, Normal, and Sport.


Wrong Fuel Rescue Explores the Toyota Kluger’s Design


Along with a new sleek look on the outside, the Kluger’s provides a luxury drive for all occupants, regardless of which seat you’re in. The new Kluger has an adaptable interior, brimming with legroom and increased storage space. Along with an abundance of utility, the Kluger proves that beautiful design, luxurious materials, and intelligent features can all exist simultaneously in a practical SUV.


The GX and GXL models come standard with 18″alloy wheels and 20″ Chromtec Wheels on the Grande. All variants come with Toyo tires ready to take on any terrain. Thanks to the inclusion of acoustic glass windows, riding in a Kluger is quiet and serene. The Grande variant is equipped with an 11-speaker JBL system, giving pristine and clear audio when listening to your favourite podcasts or drive playlists.


Both the second and third-row seats are foldable and can split 60:40. The second row can also slide up to 180mm to adjust your space as you need it. In the Grande, enjoy the convenience of a power back door with a kick sensor. The Kluger’s retracting mirrors give you the luxury of parking with confidence in those tight spots. Once locked, the mirrors will automatically fold in, so you don’t need to worry about another driver nicking your mirrors.


The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Safety in the Toyota Kluger


Prioritising safety for all passengers, the Kluger comes with the latest Toyota Safety Sense technology designed to support and assist in safe driving. It’s also built to absorb impacts and instantly deploy up to 7 airbags when needed. Along with the airbags, other standard safety features including ISOFIX anchor points are installed in the new Kluger, with Toyota Safety Sense adding road sign assist, emergency steering assist and intersection turn assist.


The Pre-Collision Safety System (PCS) with Pedestrian and Daylight Cyclist Detection can sense nearby vehicles, pedestrians, and during daylight. Designed to help avoid or reduce the impact of a potential collision with an audio and visual alert, as well as automatically applying the brakes if needed.


In certain situations, the Kluger can apply Emergency Steer Assist to help you avoid a collision and keep you in your lane once collision prevention has been activated.


Kluger can use Lane Trace Assist to detect if you’re leaving your lane and can apply slight force to the steering wheel to help keep you on track. The Road Sign Assist system recognises certain speed signs and can alert you to speed limit updates as you drive.


Dynamic Cruise Control monitors traffic ahead and helps to keep a safe distance from the car in front to ensure you’re not distracted from the road. Working with the Road Sign Assist setting, it can also prompt you to adjust your set speed to the current road speed limit.


Designed and engineered to be strong and reliable, Kluger uses strengthened material and impact-absorbing structures to help protect you from potential front, side, and rear collisions. The seven airbags include a driver’s airbag, driver’s knee airbag, front passenger airbag, two side impact airbags, and two curtain shield airbags which run all the way to the third-row seats to help protect the driver and passengers from impact.


Toyota also installed front and rear parking sensors and a reverse camera to help you to monitor your surroundings for static objects and moving vehicles behind you. The parking support brake can even apply the brakes to help you avoid any potential collisions.


Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Technology in the Toyota Kluger


Making sure you stay connected, the Kluger has made it easy to enjoy your phone’s apps and functions while driving, without being distracted. Inside, the infotainment system with its 8″ touch display offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, AM/FM/DAB+ radio, and Bluetooth connectivity.


The upgraded touchscreen display means navigation (available on GXL and Grande), music, and phone calls are there when you want them. Music and phone calls can be controlled on the screen, steering wheel, or via voice command for a hands-free audio experience. The Kluger also considers the devices of your passengers by providing numerous USB ports. While a dedicated USB port connects a phone to the audio system, upfront you’ll find another two USB charger ports and two more in the rear.


Other equipment that comes as standard across the Kluger range includes keyless entry and start, rain-sensing wipers, automatic lights, and dual-zone climate control. The middle-range GXL model adds extra luxuries such as synthetic leather upholstery, satellite navigation, powered and heated front seats, and tri-zone climate control.


The top-of-the-range Grande adds heated and cooled front seats with additional leather accents, head-up display, 11-speaker JBL audio system, a hands-free power tailgate, a panoramic view monitor, and a panoramic roof.


Need a Wrong Fuel Rescue for your Toyota Kluger?


As a driver, you may have heard of the term ‘misfuelling’, and hopefully, you haven’t experienced it yet. Just in case you’re unfamiliar, here’s a brief definition that might save you and your Kluger some avoidable trouble:


Misfuelling takes place when the wrong fuel type is added to your vehicle, whether that be putting petrol into a diesel engine or diesel into a petrol engine. This could cause substantial damage to your vehicle. When misfuelling occurs, it’s only natural to be concerned about your vehicle and how you’re going to get to your next destination. That’s why Wrong Fuel Rescue is here to assist you. Just a phone call away, the Wrong Fuel Rescue team has come to the rescue of many Toyota Kluger drivers who have accidentally misfuelled their vehicles. Simply pull over, call Wrong Fuel Rescue and rest assured knowing that you and your vehicle are in good hands.


As you know, The Kluger is available in petrol and hybrid engine options, with the petrol V6 engine requiring unleaded (91 RON) while the hybrid needs premium unleaded (95 RON) to function. Filling your Toyota Kluger’s engine with the wrong fuel is a common mishap that can prove quite costly if not addressed immediately, this is because different engines were specifically designed for specific fuel types and were not made to handle all types of fuel.


If you have accidentally filled up your Toyota Kluger with the incorrect fuel and hit the road, one or more of the following signs may occur:


  • Less powerful acceleration and performance
  • Loud knocking sounds from inside the vehicle
  • Significant amounts of smoke emerging from the exhaust
  • The vehicle may suddenly cut out
  • Stuttering movements from the vehicle while driving
  • Clouds of smoke may emerge from the exhaust pipe


Alternatively, here is what you can expect when incorrectly filling up a diesel vehicle with petrol instead:


  • The vehicle has difficulty starting up or does not start at all
  • The engine cuts out frequently
  • The car jerks constantly while driving


If you notice one or more of the above warning signs, your best option is to pull over as soon as you can safely do so and call us at Wrong Fuel Rescue. You may consider driving to your nearest fuel station or repair shop upon noticing signs of misfuelling. However, this could cause further damage to your Toyota Kluger or vehicle of choice. Instead, give Wrong Fuel Rescue a call, and let us assist you immediately.