The large, stately, limousine-like Century is actually Toyota’s refined luxury sedan produced for Japan and selected markets like the Middle East. The low-volume car seems to boast of its timeless design. A new Toyota Century is scheduled to make its full debut at the 2018 Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
First details of the third generation car reveal that the profile remains more or less the same with modern detailing like projector headlamps and rear LEDs. However, the big news is under the bonnet where there will be downsizing of cylinders but not its displacement. This means instead of a 5.0-litre 12-cylinder engine, the incoming car will get a 5.0-litre V8 with a hybrid application to make up for the loss of output due to fewer cylinders. The V8 engine is believed to be a version of Toyota’s UR engine used in the outgoing Lexus LS600, which is a direct injection engine with a “two-stage motor speed reduction device” for smoother driving.
Toyota says that the Gen III Century gains in dimensions and now stands 17.5 feet long, over six feet wide, and around five feet tall. There’s also less room between the scuff plate and the floor, which Toyota says will make the door opening bigger. In other words, there’s a lot of room inside to spread out in style. The luxury appointed interior gets a full-on treatment with latest in infotainment and natural materials like 100 per cent wool in trims. Toyota says modern advanced driver assist safety features like pre-collision auto brake, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also part of the new Century experience.