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3rd generation Toyota Century gets hybrid powertrain

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Toyota has unveiled the 3rd generation Century at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The Japan-exclusive model is now longer in length and wheelbase, which should translate into more roomy interiors.

In addition, the height difference between the scuff plate and floor has decreased, and the height of the door opening has increased, all of which are refinements improving the rear seat riding experience, said Toyota.

The glamorous exterior is highlighted by traditional Japanese design elements used throughout the car including the grille and black trim on the rear combination lamps. The front gets LED projector headlamps.

The leather usage on the interiors is minimal, and what you see is a lot of wool. The rear seats are power adjustable with massage function, there is also a LCD panel in the central armrest where you control seats, air conditioning and audio. A rear seat entertainment system with a large-sized display, and a 20-speaker premium audio system are some of the other features.

In addition to the specially-tuned suspension, Century uses a specially developed tires for ride comfort and reduced road vibration. Optimisation of the engine mount and the active noise control system reducing noise and vibration when the engine starts helps achieve smooth acceleration and overwhelming serenity in the cabin, said Toyota.

The new Century uses a 5.0-litre 2UR-FSE V8 engine in combination with a hybrid system (THS II). The system output is around 394 hp.

Safety features for the limousine include Toyota Safety Sense P collision avoidance support, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

The limo measures 5,335 mm in length, 1,930 mm in width and 1,505 mm in height. Wheelbase measures 3,090 mm.

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