Toyota Crown Concept features latest technologies including vehicle-to-vehicle communication and advanced safety systems
Toyota has unveiled a new concept at the 45th edition of Tokyo Motor Show that will herald the fifteenth generation of the Crown executive sedan sold in Japan. It could be giving way to a new production Lexus as well going by its looks but nothing official yet. The Toyota Crown concept gives a sneak peek into a model that has its origins all the way back to 1955 in the Japanese domestic market.
The existing model is being available on sale for the last five years and thus Toyota is utilising the opportunity at the popular motoring exhibition in its homeland to showcase its creation. The new Crown will likely be up for grabs in the Japanese market from next year and will come equipped with latest technologies which may include vehicle-to-vehicle communication as in the concept and advanced safety systems.
It is based on the same TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform as the latest generation Camry and Toyota claims the sedan had already been tested at the demanding circumstances of Nurburgring. The Crown concept does bring a sort of confusion as it could act as a replacement not to the Avalon but to the Lexus’ GS in some markets and to become the largest sedan in countries like the United States.
In an identical fashion to the GX which is based on the Land Cruiser Prado, the Lexus GS has its similarities with the existing Crown. The next generation of the premium brand’s sedan will share plenty of components with the Crown likewise. The production Crown will likely have increased proportions when compared to the GS as in the concept.
Lexus could be introducing a new model to stand in place of the ES and the GS as it is likely to organise its operations and the product range. Expect the production new generation Crown to stick with the 8AR-FTS 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 235 PS and 350 Nm of torque. It is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 3.5-litre naturally aspirated motor could be the other option making 318 hp and 380 Nm, linked to a 10-speed automatic.