Next Toyota Crown revealed
Toyota has revealed the series-ready 15th generation of its Crown sedan series. The vehicle is visually identical to its concept version, which debuted a year ago.
The 15th instalment of Toyota Crown comes with additional little windows in C-pillars, a new black radiator grille, five-spoke wheels and, small, round fog lamps and the traditional Toyota headlights.
The newcomer uses the GA-L architecture and is 15 mm (0.6”) longer than its predecessor, with a 70 mm (2¾”) larger wheelbase. Its width and height remain the same, but, reportedly, the engineers have been able to distribute the weight evenly between the axles while also bringing the center of gravity down another 15 mm / 0.6”.
In its most basic form, the Toyota Crown comes with a two-liter turbocharged engine with 245 hp / 183 kW at its disposal. The other versions ship with either of the following hybrid drivetrains:
- a 2.5L, 184 hp / 137 kW gasoline engine, a 143 hp / 107 kW electric engine, and an IVT box;
- a 3.5L, 299 hp / 223 kW gasoline V6, a 180 hp / 134 kW electric engine, and an automatic transmission without torque converter.
The base trim level offers cloth upholstery, but anything higher than that means leather finishing. The central dashboard is dominated by two displays, one responsible for the multimedia and the other for the on-board systems. Options include a rear view camera, the complete power seat package, climate control, ITS Connect, and remote health check & troubleshooting.
The prices of the refreshed Toyota Crown range aren’t available yet, but the sales should begin in the end of June, so that is hardly an issue. The cars will only be available on their domestic market in Japan, with no export option.