The legendary Toyota Crown, in production since 1955, has made its 15th generation debut in Japan. Prices start at ¥4,606,200 (includes consumption tax).
As with all the latest Toyotas, the new Crown is built on the TNGA platform. The powertrain is positioned lower to achieve a low center of gravity, and the aluminium hood fenders help optimize weight distribution between the front and rear.
The striking exteriors in the sporty RS grades are equipped with LED sequential turn signals, special 18-inch aluminium wheels, mesh grille, side skirts, quad exhaust pipes, rear spoiler, and black door frames.
The interiors get a dual display setup which is getting popular in the luxury segment these days. The top one is an 8-inch positioned farther back for ease of viewing, while the bottom one measures 7-inch and installed close to the driver for easy operation.
According to Toyota, the rear passenger leg space has been expanded, and the optimized seating shape delivers optimum fit and reduces fatigue during long drives.
Also, the Crown gets on-board DCM (Data Communication Module) for the first time, standard on all variants. The T-Connect Service is offered free of charge for three years.
Other features include active noise control for a quieter cabin, LED door lighting and a second row air conditioning system.
Safety kit includes Toyota Safety Sense as standard across all models. The TSS includes pre-collision safety system, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Adaptive High Beam System (AHS) and Road Sign Assist (RSA).
In addition to Intelligent Clearance Sonar and Rear Cross Traffic Auto Brake, the new Crown is also the first Toyota car equipped with rear pedestrian support brake.
Powering the new Crown is a 2.0-litre (1998 cc) 4-cylinder turbo petrol, delivering 245 hp @ 5,200-5,800 rpm and 350 Nm of torque @ 1,650-4,400 rpm.
The hybrid variant starts with a 2.5-litre (2487 cc) 4-cylinder engine, delivering 184 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 221 Nm of torque @ 3,800-5,400 rpm. The electric motor produces 143 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The system output however, is 226 hp or 166 kW. This powertrain models get a Nickel-metal hydride battery pack.
There is also a larger 3.5-litre (3456 cc) V6, delivering 299 hp @ 6,600 rpm and 356 Nm of torque @ 5,100 rpm. The electric motor develops 180 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The system output is 359 hp or 264 kW. Here, the battery pack is Lithium-ion.
As for the transmission, the 2.0 is paired with an 8-speed automatic (dubbed as 8 Super ECT) that sends power to the rear wheels. The 2.5 engine is paired to a CVT, and is available either as rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
The larger 3.5 V6 engine is paired to a Multi-Stage Hybrid Transmission that simulates 10-speeds, sending power to the rear wheels.
The Crown gets multi-link suspension front and rear. The RS grades get Adaptive Variable Suspension, stabilizers at front to control roll, and a Custom Mode in Drive Mode Select that allows drivers to select their preferred combination of powertrain, chassis and air conditioning system.