The Toyota Century may be the marque's most expensive luxury car, but the Japanese automaker's original flagship sedan is all new for 2018. Shown in concept form during last year's Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota has officially revealed the all-new Crown.
Now in its 15th-generation, the Crown takes styling cues from cars like the Lexus LS and ES with its more slippery-looking profile and swept back front fascia. The teardrop shaped headlights, along with its grill which spans from near the edge of the hood to the bottom of the bumper, gives the all-new Crown a bold look. Its curved fender flares then straighten out to form the large sedan's defined shoulder lines. At the tail end is a sleek, coupe-like treatment with the tip of the trunk lid kicked up.
In Japan, the Crown is available seven variants. The Royal Saloon and Athlete names have been dropped. Instead, the variants are now just letters with luxury-oriented models dubbed B, S, G and G-Executive. RS-B, RS and RS Advance grades are given a sportier flair.
Inside, the luxury saloon employs a wraparound cockpit design with the door panels merging into the dashboard. The dash itself features a swooping design and a large infotainment screen dominates the center. Instead of taking the fully digital route, the all-new Crown sticks to tradition with its analogue instrument cluster. Between the dials is a multi-information display to relay relevant data to the driver. The whole interior is abound with leather trimmings with luxury models getting wood finishes and sport models getting carbon fiber.
There are three engines options for the all-new Crown. It starts with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 245 PS and 350 Nm of torque. A 2.5-liter hybrid sits in the middle of the range and that makes 226 PS. For those who want six cylinders, there's also a 3.5-liter V6 which is also mated to a hybrid system. Combined, the V6-powered Crown produces 359 PS.
With Lexus established in the Philippine market, its not likely that the Crown will be making a comeback here anytime soon. However, it is nice to know that the venerable nameplate is still alive and kicking in its home market.