Peo­ple, move forth and nav­i­gate

Herald Sun - Motoring - - NEWS - CRAIG DUFF

TOY­OTA is try­ing to ad­dress a rare weak spot in its range by adding fea­tures and shav­ing prices on its up­dated Tarago peo­ple-mover.

The Tarago ac­counts for just 7.3 per cent of the ex­pand­ing peo­ple-mover mar­ket.

Sales of 454 for the first six months of the year were dwarfed by 2416 for the Kia Car­ni­val and Honda Odyssey’s 1483 reg­is­tra­tions.

Buy­ing a new Tarago is now at least $1500 cheaper and sat­nav is stan­dard on all mod­els. The en­try GLi four-cylin­der starts at $45,490, climb­ing to $65,600 for the V6-pow­ered Ul­tima.

In­te­rior up­grades in­clude soft-touch dash­board plas­tics, piano-black high­lights on the cen­tre clus­ter and vents and a re­designed in­stru­ment panel with a 4.2-inch mul­ti­in­for­ma­tion dis­play.

The V6 GLX and Ul­tima have pow­ered rear doors and key­less en­try, along with new seats with syn­thetic leather and faux suede up­hol­stery in place of the grey cloth found in other vari­ants.

The 2.4-litre four-cylin­der en­gine still de­liv­ers 125kW/ 224Nm and uses a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion to post a claimed com­bined fuel use of 8.9L/100km but now meets the more strin­gent Euro 5 emis­sions reg­u­la­tions.

The V6 (202kW/340Nm) is matched to a six-speed au­to­matic. It uses 10.2L/100km in the GLi and 10.3L for the GLX and Ul­tima.

Ser­vic­ing for the first three years amounts to $1080 or $180 at each of the six vis­its.

The lay­out starts at eight­seats for the GLi and four­cylin­der GLX ver­sions and drops back to seven for the V6 GLX and Ul­tima, cour­tesy of “cap­tain’s chairs with in­te­grated ot­tomans” and a slid­ing cen­tre bin in the sec­ond row.

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