The Toyota Crown Long has been a traditional, three-box sedan. Now it’s getting a high-riding fastback twist.
Patent photo shared by Japanese outlet leaked Creative tendencies Reveals a distinctly different prestige model for Toyota.
The weird fastback style, like the Citroen C5 X and the Chinese-market Ford Evos, looks not like a traditional SUV but looks above the ground more than a typical hatchback or wagon and has some black plastic cladding.
The front and rear seem to be full-width light bars and bear some resemblance to the two BZ electric concepts released by Toyota late last year.
The production model is rumored to be released on July 15th.
The Crown Crossover is said to be 4930 mm long, 1840 mm wide, 1540 mm long with 2850 mm wheelbase.
Despite being 70mm shorter wheelbase, it makes it 20mm longer, 40mm wider and 85mm longer than current cars.
The Crown Crossover will use the TNGA-K front / all-wheel drive architecture, which will be used by the likes of Toyota Kluger and the upcoming Lexus RX, a narrower version of the rear / all-wheel drive TNGA, instead of the current car platform. -L platform used by Lexus LS.
Best Carweb The Crown Crossover will use the upcoming Lexus RX500h F Sport High Performance 2.4-liter turbocharged hybrid all-wheel drive powertrain, as well as the Toyota 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain with the Efor all-wheel drive.
Following a report from the leaked photos 7 Reuters In April, Toyota will launch a Crown SUV in markets such as China, Japan and North America.
It will be offered with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric powertrain, hybrid sales will start in 2023 and electric model will be offered in 2024.
It is not clear if an Australian is on the launch card, although Toyota last year trademarked the name Crown locally.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Sales of the current crown in Japan are declining. The current 15th generation model was launched in 2018, much smoother than before, with sportier styling.
Although Toyota reportedly set a monthly sales target of 4,500 units, it sold only 36,125 crowns in Japan in 2019, and last year the volume dropped further to just 21,000 units.
It may be a sedan in the global market moving away from this body style, but the Crown is still an important vehicle for the Toyota brand.
Toyota launched the first generation of the Crown in 1955 and was the first passenger car made and fully built in Japan and became the first Toyota to be exported to the United States in 1958 three years later.
Although its initial U.S. run quickly faded, Toyota refined the car and subsequent generations were offered in the United States until 1973.
By the end of the seventh generation production in 1987, the Crown had largely disappeared from Europe and closed locally.
The 12th to 14th generations were produced in China, but today it is effectively a Japanese market-only vehicle. It just sits below the exclusive century.
In China, Toyota is using the Crown nameplate differently.
The local joint venture FAW Toyota stopped production of the 14th generation crown in China in 2020 and subsequently re-introduced the crown name as a luxury sub-brand.
Kluger Crossover and the Welfare People-Mover Crown have received treatment, including a variety of aesthetic modifications and high-end equipment inside and out.
Although the future of the Crown sedan remains in doubt, the Crown nameplate will survive longer than the nameplate of virtually every Japanese competitor who began to defeat it.
Mazda dropped its Centia (929) in 2000, Mitsubishi discontinued the Infiniti Q70-based Prodia and Dignity in 2016, production of the Honda Legend ended last year, and Nissan will stop production of the Fuga and Sima (aka Infiniti Q70) sedans this year.
Despite flagship sales, the Crown still sells heavily to rival Nissan.