2017 Toyota Tarago

Toyota Australia has already launched an upgraded model of the 2017 Toyota Tarago, which is sold in Japan as the Toyota Estima. The model has already made a name for itself as a reliable and convenient people hauler. Most of the new changes are focuses on the cabin to make it look more premium as well as offer a more comfortable ride to 7 passengers who comfortably fit in its 3-row seating arrangement.

Since its debut in 2006, the Tarago has established a significant customer base due to its excellent combination of comfort, elegance and affordability. The new upgrades are aimed at amassing a larger market share than it currently commands. Read along for more information:

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2017 Toyota Tarago Exterior

The Tarago has been revised to feature a more modern look. At the front, the vehicle features a new grille that gives the vehicle a corporate look. Full-LED headlights that take the shape of a slim line flank the grille. A chrome line connects the headlights with the grille to add to the formal look.

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Below the grille is a revised bumper that features an open mouth air intake as well as a number plate holder. The edges of the bumper feature a vertical strip of LED DRLs. A sharply creased bonnet and front fenders finish the new corporate look of the Tarago. The side look features chunkier-looking lower side moldings as well as a new wheel design. At the rear, the Tarago features a revised bumper and redesigned LED taillights.

Higher trims have an option for a blacked out roof and alloy wheels.

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2017 Toyota Tarago Interior

The cabin has been upgraded to offer more comfort as well as provide more space for cargo. Overall, he cabin is covered with quality materials that make the cabin look premium to some extent. The dash is wrapped in soft-touch materials with a piano-black trim for the model’s air vents and center cluster.

The Tarago also features a colored 4.2-inch multi-informational display (MID) screen, a horizontal tachometer and a semi-circular speedometer. It also comes with a 3-spoke steering wheel that is integrated with controls for the multi-informational display screen.

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The Tarago also features another 6.1-inch touch-screen that is used for the vehicle’s 3-D satellite navigation system as well as for reversing the vehicle. In addition, the screen is also used to control the vehicle’s audio system. Other features include voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free and audio-streaming, SUNA live-traffic updates, a CD player, a USB port and AM/FM radio bands; all these are offered as standard features.

The GLX and Ultima trims features premium seats that are wrapped in a premium quilted suede-like black fabric along with synthetic leather. The GLX also features two-step heating for the front seats. The seats of other trim levels are wrapped in a grey cloth.

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Engine and performance

In Australia, the Tarago is offered with a choice between two engines. The base models will feature a 2.4 L, 4-cylinder mill good for 125 kW. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission system. The top trims will on the other hand be powered by a 3.5 L, V-6 mill good for 202 kW.

Unlike the base engine, the V-6 is hooked up to a 6-speed automatic transmission system. Australia will likely miss out on the hybrid drive-train that the automaker uses on the Estima (Tarago’s look alike) in Japan but may be offered in future models.

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Price and release date

The base 2017 Toyota Tarago GLi with a 4-cylinder engine starts at  $45,490 while the  same model with the V-6 attracts $50,490. Moving up, the 4-cyinder GLX is priced at $47,990 and $55,990 for the V-6 GLX. The top-of the range V6 Tarago Ultima attracts $65,600. Note: all prices are in Australian dollars.

The new pricing structure represents a decrease of between $1,500 and 1,716 across the trims. The Tarago is already available in Toyota dealerships; you can now head to your nearest dealer and acquire this massive people hauler for your family or business.

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