Toyota still keeps secret all the details about the new generation Crown project, while the Japanese media believe that the premiere of the model will take place on July 15. It is still unclear whether the model will retain the same form factor or turn into a cross-sedan with increased ground clearance and a plastic body kit – there are still no official images. But on the Web, you can find renderings of independent designers who agree on at least one thing: the model will continue to be produced with a branded nameplate in the form of a crown.
The Crown models of the 16th generation were assigned the factory index S235. According to the Japanese portal Creative31.com, the basis of the novelty will be the same TNGA-L “trolley”, on which the current Crown is based. According to another version, in order to reduce the cost of developing the model, the automaker allegedly abandoned the rear-wheel-drive platform with a longitudinal engine arrangement (and at the same time from a six-cylinder unit) and built the Crown on the TNGA GA-K front-wheel-drive architecture with a transverse engine arrangement.
There is also no consensus regarding the power plant. Creative31.com assumes that the Crown will become a hybrid, and promises him a 2.4-liter gasoline turbo engine and an electric motor. Bestcarweb.jp also believes that the hybrid installation, in addition to the electric motor, will include a 226-horsepower “atmospheric engine” with a volume of 2.5 liters.
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In addition to the “four-door sedan with crossover motifs,” the Crown family in the future will include a crossover with a station wagon body, which will appear in 2024, and, oddly enough, a hatchback, insiders write, citing unnamed sources. However, there is no official confirmation of this.
Toyota Crown has been produced since 1955 and is one of the oldest models of the brand. Currently, the 15th generation sedan with the S220 index is on the market, which has been on sale since 2018. At the end of 2020, the Crown was slightly modernized: the Japanese modernized the interior of the car and expanded the list of auxiliary systems.