Toyota presented the new model range Crown, which will play a leading role in the brand’s strategy dedicated to the United States and the Japanese domestic market. They have been revealed four versions, including sedan, coupe, crossover, sportback, while there will be two hybrid propulsion options. The base power unit is a hybrid configuration of 236 horsepower, while the Platinum set-up is equipped with a turbocharged 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder and two electric motors, enough to reach 340 hp.
The upgrade to the Platinum trim brought what Toyota calls “Hybrid Max”, a new hybrid system with a turbocharged powerplant coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission, with a multi-plate clutch inserted between the engine and gearbox. An electric motor at the front adds additional power and torque and increases the responsiveness of the powertrain. As in the basic hybrid system, another electric motor is located on the rear axle, although it is water-cooled and more powerful. While the base hybrid operates in front-wheel drive, the Platinum is always in all-wheel drive mode, sending up to 70% of the Crown’s power to the front wheels or up to 80% to the rear wheels. The Platinum also features adaptive shock absorbers, with multilink rear suspension and McPherson front suspension. Toyota Crown is also equipped with Active Cornering Assist, which uses stability control to minimize understeer when cornering.
Inside, the Crown features an elegant and simple design. The dashboard is dominated by a 12.3-inch touchscreen and a cluster of digital gauges. There is a row of physical buttons below the screen to operate the standard dual-zone climate control. Toyota made full use of the TNGA-K platform to make these cars targeting premium segments.
The new Crown (Crossover type) is equipped with Toyota Teammate, a suite of driver assistance technologies including the Advanced Park system (with remote function), which parks automatically.
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