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Tokyo 2017: Sporty Toyota Crown Concept previews next-gen model


Next-gen Toyota Crown revealed in concept form at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show

A new-generation Toyota Crown will be revealed soon and the automaker recently gave a glimpse of it via an all-new concept. Simpy called the Crown Concept, it previews the fifteenth-gen model that is slated to be released sometime in 2018.

According to Toyota, the four-door saloon was designed with the 'Fun To Drive' concept in mind. Compared to the outgoing S210 Crown, the concept features a more curvaceous design. Up front, the grill gets a slight makeover while the headlights now have a more cohesive design that complement's the Crown Concept's sleeker appearance. It also now looks a lot sportier thanks to the more aggressive front bumper, flared wheel arches and sculpted hood.


From the side, the Crown's wheelbase appears to have been extended while the glass area for the doors has been made larger. This design cue is reminiscent of the one used in all-new Lexus LS. Further giving the Crown a sportier look comes courtesy of the five-spoke alloy wheels. Around the back, the Crown Concept's rear gets eye-catching LED headlights, a quad exhaust system along with a bumper-mounted diffuser and trunk-mounted spoiler.

Size-wise, the Crown Concept measures 4910mm long, 1800mm wide and 1455mm tall. This makes the concept car 25mm longer and 5mm taller than the current model. Also, its wheelbase is also 70mm longer at 2920mm.

With the new Toyota new Global Architecture (TNGA), the new Crown is expected to be sportier to drive, as well as be more comfortable. In fact, Toyota was apparently testing the concept sedan around the Nurburgring. As for what engine powers the Crown Concept, Toyota is keeping a tight lip on that matter. Our best guess is that the next-gen Crown will still be available with either downsized turbocharged engines or a hybrid powertrain.

A host of safety features and driver assist systems are also expected to arrive in the 2018 Crown. These may include autonomous driving tech, automatic city braking, traffic sign recognition and an advanced version of cruise control as such.

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