Toyota’s Crown sedan, proven as an idea.
TOKYO — Toyota will replace two of its most staid and storied nameplates on the Tokyo Motor Present this month whereas exploring new hybrid concepts with sporty automotive and crossover ideas.
The ideas look to a cool, extra emotional future. However the production-car upgrades goal the Crown sedan and Century limousine, two Japan-market-only nameplates that date again a long time.
The Crown, first launched in 1955, will get redesigned from scratch on Toyota Motor Corp.’s new modularized world platform.
Toyota’s newest connectivity and security know-how, together with pre-crash auto-braking, go into the next-generation Crown, which fits on sale in Japan subsequent summer time.
The brand new Crown even earned some efficiency chops in observe testing on Germany’s famed Nurburgring circuit.
It is not the primary time Toyota has tried to invigorate the fuddy-duddy Crown. With the discharge of the present technology in 2013, Toyota provided the automotive in a sizzling pink paint job and designed one variant with an imposing, huge Darth Vader-style grille.
The Century’s exterior was final redesigned in 1967, and the subsequent technology appears to be like a lot the identical. It would go on sale in Japan in mid-2018.
Toyota can also be bringing the Century limousine into the 21st century by dropping the earlier V-12 engine, constructed solely for the Century, for a 5.Zero-liter, V-Eight energy plant mated to the model’s trademark hybrid system.
The Century additionally will get trendy facilities equivalent to pre-crash auto- braking, blind-spot detection, LED headlamps and, lastly, energy leg rests for the VIPs using in again.
However the iconic lengthy automotive — the go-to selection of Japanese emperors, prime ministers and esteemed captains of trade — largely sticks to its old-school magnificence.
The Century’s exterior was final redesigned in 1967, and the subsequent technology appears to be like a lot the identical. It would go on sale in Japan in mid-2018. Pricing wasn’t launched, however the Century has at all times carried a sticker simply above the top-of-the-line Lexus.
On the idea entrance, Toyota says it’ll discover a brand new style with the Tj Cruiser, a monolithic crossover that merges the roominess of a cargo van with the texture of an SUV.
The “T” within the title stands for toolbox, apt given the idea’s boxy dimensions. Toyota says the “j” stands for the enjoyment that riders get from venturing to completely different locations.
Toyota envisions the Tj Cruiser as operating on a 2.Zero-liter-class engine mounted to a hybrid system and out there in both two- or four-wheel-drive layouts.
The rear doorways slide open like a van, whereas all the inside emphasizes artistic cargo house and seat manipulation to accommodate the whole lot from bicycles to surfboards.
As well as, Toyota reveals its sporty facet with the GR HV Sports activities idea.
It attracts closely from the 86 sporty coupe — a model of which is bought by Subaru because the BRZ — with a pair twists. For starters, it will get a pointier nostril and a vertical array of LED headlamps. It additionally will get a targa prime, in homage to such venerable convertible forerunners because the Toyota Sports activities 800 and the Supra.
Toyota says its matte black end expresses “energy and aggressiveness.”
Powering the automotive is the Toyota Hybrid System-Racing, the electrified drivetrain know-how used within the TS050 racer Toyota enters in Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship.
The battery is mounted close to the middle of the automotive to enhance efficiency dealing with.
Including to the enjoyable is the power to modify backwards and forwards between six-speed handbook and automated transmission modes. The push-button ignition is on the tip of the shifter.
“Drivers can delight within the efficiency of THS-R in a real sports activities automotive,” Toyota mentioned, “whereas experiencing a way of freedom because of the targa prime.”