Rarely seen outside Japan, Toyota’s stately limousine for the domestic market is known the Century. The flagship model was launched in 1967 and fourteen generations have been produced over the years and the brand has announced the arrival of the most modern version of the flagship model – the Gen XIV Crown.
The Crown is based on Toyota’s flexible new TNGA platform and the has been tested extensively on the Nurburgring circuit. The incoming model is slightly longer than its 2012 predecessor at 4,190mm (4,885mm) and marginally longer wheelbase. The underpinnings also allow for a lower installation of the engine, which provides a lower centre of gravity.
The cabin has been given an extensive makeover and now features high quality materials and more space for the driver and passengers. The dashboard gets new dual-screen layout, which combines an eight-inch central screen and another seven-inch display for the climate and audio functions. The Japanese automaker describes the model as the first-generation connected car because it comes as standard equipped with a data communication module.
Toyota will offer the new Crown with three different powertrains. The entry level non-hybrid option is a 245hp/350Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre followed by two hybrids — 2.5- and 3.5-litre petrol engines respectively with an electric motor and nickel-metal hydride or lithium-ion battery packs. The smaller powertrain has a peak power of 226hp, while the more powerful one produces 359 hp. Order books in Japan will be opened next month with Toyota planning to sell no less than 4,500 units monthly.