Toyota Century luxury sedan goes on sale in Japan
Toyota has launched sales of its third-generation luxury sedan model named Century. The executive car comes powered by a hybrid drivetrain.
The four-door Toyota Century Concept debuted in the fall of 2017 with the exact same exterior design. The vehicle has adaptive LED headlights and a radiator grille adorned with a hand-made etched image of a golden phoenix.
The car is now slightly larger at 5,335 mm (17.5 ft.) long and 1,940 mm (6.4 ft.) wide, and has a 3,090 mm (10.1 ft.) long wheelbase. The engineers have raised the door openings and lowered the sills for that extra bit of convenience getting in and out.
On the inside, the vehicle gets a hi-end multimedia system with a giant touchscreen display. Another color display is used as the instrument panel. The rear passengers get one more touch-sensitive screen, massage seats, and a comfortable broad armrest concealing a sensor panel for climate control, multimedia access, and seat adjustment.
There are slide-out tables and footrests for the rear passengers in the backs of the front seats. Seat upholstery can be either leather or wool.
In terms of options, Toyota Century comes equipped with innovative, low-vibration tires, active noise proofing, adaptive cruise control, lane control and a collision avoidance system.
The hybrid powertrain of the vehicle includes a five-liter V8 gasoline engine with 381 hp (284 kW) and 510 Nm (376 lb·ft) of torque, an electric motor with 224 hp (167 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb·ft), a NiMH battery and an electromechanical CVT.
The company plans to sell at least 50 Toyota Century per month, each priced at U.S. $177,200 and above.
The car’s history dates back to 1967. Only three generations have been released over the past 50 years. The current generation is being produced since 1997.
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