Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Toyota | posted October 12, 2015 12:47
Toyota reveals the 2015 Crown with subtle exterior revisions
The 2015 Toyota Crown has just received its mid-cycle update and now sports an array of exterior, interior and chassis updates that will be available in all three variants.
Starting with the Athlete model, it now has a mesh-patterned grill, full LED headlights and restyled taillights.
Inside, it features an agate laminate decorative paneling which expresses clarity and depth according to Toyota. In addition, the interior can be specified with a new cabin theme called 'Prussian Blue'.
Next is the Crown Royal which now gets a larger bumper along with a lower-slung grill. The chrome finish on the grill also extends onto the fog lights and lower section of the bumper. This provides a sense of quality along with an emphasis on a lowered center of gravity as claimed by Toyota.
The cabin on the other hand now has a lattice patterned panel that has a wood-grain finish. Other interior accents such as black and brown are now available as well.
The last of the bunch is the Crown Majesta which mostly acquires new cabin amenities, exterior features and chassis upgrades. It now has better body rigidity, a self-restoring clear coat, retuned front and rear suspensions, and ITS Connect.
According to Toyota, ITS Connect is the world's first driver assist function that uses a dedicated ITS frequency (760 Mhz) that can share and receive data sent by other vehicles or infrastructures.
Exclusively available for the Athlete model is a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that Toyota claimed will be able to deliver outstanding acceleration at low-medium speeds.
Exact engine output was not revealed though the engine benefits from a myriad of features including: Dual VVT-iW, water-cooled exhaust manifold for better thermal efficiency, Driving Response and Acceleration Management System (DRAMS), Advanced D-4ST and Stop&Start idling system.
Completing the updates on the 2015 Crown are optimized shock absorbers, bushings and improvements on the Adaptive Variable Suspension System (AVS) and Electric Power Steering (EPS).