In 2022, Toyota expanded its lineup of Crown models in Japan with three additional variants beyond the global Crown model, each with different body structures.
All four members of the new series will eventually be sold in around 40 countries and regions, though Toyota has not provided specific market availability information.
Alongside the Crown crossover, which began production and first appeared in Japan in fall 2022 and in the US market in late 2022, Toyota also showcased a sporty SUV, a traditional sedan type sedan currently in production in Japan, and a large SUV type wagon. While initially prototype cars, they are now confirmed for production.
According to Toyota, the Crown Sport concept offers a sporty driving experience, while the sedan type meets driver needs, and the Estate is a functional SUV with ample driving space.
Toyota’s Crown Sedan Type: A Traditional Three-Box Silhouette.
The sporty type may look familiar as we saw it last year as the Toyota Crossover EV prototype, but the rest are being revealed for the first time. As for the sedan type, it comes with a traditional three-box silhouette as a direct alternative to the previous generation of the Crown.
All four cars are fitted with Crown badges, though it’s unclear whether they will be replaced with Toyota logos in other markets – as is the case with the 2023 Toyota Crown for the US market.
They also incorporate design cues from the 62 series, with fully integrated LED headlights with slim grilles at the front, sporty bumper outlets, large-diameter wheels, and sculpted bodies with fully tinted windows that hide the interior, which will be unveiled later.
Toyota designers have added distinctive features such as ambient lighting, wooden touches and new upholstery materials. The sedan model has handles on the backs of the seats, while in Estate, the rear seats can be folded flat to create a very large cargo area.
Crown Series Powertrains: Self-Charging Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Components.
All series models are based on the TNGA platform. As for powertrains, the Super Four Estate and Crown crossover will be available with self-charging hybrid and plug-in hybrid components, just like the crossover.
Toyota’s Hydrogen Range Expansion: Crown Sedan in FCEV Forms.
On the other hand, the sedan type will be available in hybrid and FCEV forms, expanding hydrogen range in Toyota alongside the Mirai. Toyota has not provided production and range figures for each transmission group, but has revealed the dimensions of all models.
The first Crown models to go on sale in Japan alongside the already available crossover are the Estate and sedan types, which will arrive in fall 2023, followed by the Estate (Super Four) in 2024.