Japanese automaker Toyota has revealed the fifteenth generation of the luxurious Crown sedan in Japan. The Toyota Crown is additionally among the first generation cars that will be outfitted with Toyota’s Data Communication Module as standard. First launched in 1955, the most luxurious car by Toyota is known as the personal car of President Cory Aquino in Philippines. The 2018 model was revealed as a concept at Tokyo Motor Show 2017.
In the Japanese market, the 2018 Crown is available in seven variants- B, S, G, G-Executive, RS-B, RS and RS Advance, while the automaker has dropped Royal Saloon and Athlete moniker from the variant list. The upcoming Toyota Crown is based on a new platform, Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) technique and new model took lots of inspiration from recently revealed Lexus ES sedan.
In terms of design, the upcoming Toyota Crown gets more slippery-looking profile and swept back front fascia similar to the cars like the Lexus LS and ES. Other highlights include teardrop shaped headlights, along with its grill which spans from near the edge of the hood to the bottom of the bumper along with curved fender flares straighten out to form the large sedan's defined shoulder lines, while the rear offers a sleek, coupe-like treatment with the kicked up tip of the trunk lid.
Talking about the new Crown sedan, Akira Akiyama- the chief engineer in charge of development- Toyota said, "In inheriting the passion from the early days of the company when the first generation Crown was born, I wanted the world to see the 'Japanese brains and brawn' that went into developing this car. It was with this spirit that we promoted development. I feel the new Crown is a car that will take your breath away in every single aspect including design, driving, and connected technology."
At the inside, the next- gen Toyota Crown comes loaded with premiumness all over like the exterior. The features include a wraparound cockpit design with the door panels merging into the dashboard featuring a swooping design and a large infotainment screen. However, not following the foot-steps of modern age cars, the upcoming model gets analogue instrument cluster instead of the fully digital one. It also offers a multi-information display to relay relevant data to the driver between the dials as well as the whole interior is abound with leather trimmings with luxury model getting wood finishes and sport models getting carbon fiber at the interior.
Other than these, one of the biggest highlights of the next-gen Crown is Toyota’s Data Communication Module as standard. The data communication module interfaces with different cars and infrastructure also, to help in more secure driving. The car likewise gets Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 – a suite of features that incorporates programmed emergency braking with pedestrian detection, intelligent voyage control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and even auto high beam lights. This means that brand’s associated auto innovation offers 24×7 services concentrated on safety, security, solace, and accommodation in light of constant driving information.
Under the hood, the 2018 Crown gets three engine options- a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 241 bhp and 350 Nm of torque, a 2.5-litre petrol-hybrid system with a combined output of 226 bhp and the bigger 3.5-litre V6 petrol-hybrid system churns out over 359 bhp and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. In order to achieve a lower center of gravity, all the powertrains have been placed lower in the body of the luxurious sedan. Toyota has tested the models on the Nürburgring circuit during its development before revealing it in the market.
Though, the all-new Corolla based on the same TNGA platform will make it to the Indian market, there is no official confirmation about the luxurious Toyota Crown to be introduced in the country. Toyota will begin sales of new Crown from next month in Japan.
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