Toyota Crown has a distinctive long hood and a low slung profile as the flagship sedan is brimmed with luxury all over
Toyota has the inimitable Crown as the flagship sedan sold in Japanese and some Asian markets. The longest running passenger car nameplate from Toyota has been there since 1955 and it has undergone fourteen generations through its lifespan with the latest one being introduced last year.
The Japanese auto major made the fifteenth-gen available for sale in June 2018 in its home market of Japan and it has now been displayed at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show in China. It was originally showcased as a highly attractive concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2017.
With Chinese customers leaning towards spacious cars with luxurious interior, the Crown fits the bill perfectly and it comes with Toyota’s Data Communication Module as a standard feature. It connects with Vehicle Control Network and thereby providing a number of new T-Connect technologies like driving guidance, health check report and helpnet.
In the latest Crown, Toyota has improved artificial intelligence based voice recognition service as well. The connectivity services are squarely aimed at providing improved customer experience, safety, security and convenience. The full-size sedan also gets Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 enabling a number of active and passive safety features.
It includes intelligent cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, road sign assist, pre-collision system, etc. Based on the lightweight TNGA platform, the Crown is retailed in international markets in three engine choices.
The range-topping 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission produces 359 horsepower and it works in tandem with a hybrid system. While the 2.5-litre petrol-hybrid unit kicks out 226 horsepower, the turbocharged version develops 245 horsepower.
The Crown has an exquisite exterior unlike any other sedan you could see from Toyota and it rides on 18-inch aluminium wheels in the RS variant that comprises of four exhaust outlets. The cabin has the finest use of top quality materials and it has an eight- and seven-inch display occupying the dashboard.