As I write this article, the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is currently ongoing. And in the event are a number of interesting concepts and production models. One of them would be the near production prototype of the new Crown, which we might see sometime next year. We first saw the current and the 14th generation Toyota Crown in 2012, following a facelift it went through in 2015. Now, the model is almost five years old and its about time for it to get a successor. The Crown’s legacy began way back in 1955.
What we are most excited about the new Crown Concept is the fact that it will be based on a brand new platform, the TNGA, which all future Toyota models will be switching to as well. The new platform will make driving more enjoyable for the driver while pursuing a future mobility society. The automaker’s statement may sound a bit vague, but we are guessing that the new model would be lighter, and would be easier to handle with its improved driving stability. This model will even be tested at the Green Hell. It all boils down to one thing though, the automaker’s promise that customers will enjoy the Crown’s driving experience.
Based on the photos we have seen, the new Crown looks much longer than the current generation. The new one measures 193 inches (4,190 millimeters), while its predecessor is at 192 inches (4,885 mm). With a longer wheelbase, passengers will have more space and larger trunk capacity too. However, it is 39 millimeters narrower compared to its predecessor.
In terms of styling, the 15th generation Crown definitely looks sharper, with its massive radiator grille up front, flanked by sweptback head lights. It also has a more muscular side profile with larger wheel arches and long rear overhang.
Standard features that will come with the production version of the Crown include Data Communication Modules (DCM). This system is smart enough to gather data for vehicles and traffic, and by doing that, it will be able to solve problems by help reducing traffic jams in cities and crowded streets. It is said to send information to the “Internet of Things” along with services that debuted back in 2015, like vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) systems. This has already been tested in private and in public along with other “connected cars”, and the company says that it has contributed to the early development of the technology.
The Toyota Crown is scheduled to be release sometime in June next year for the Japanese market. Also, it is specially made for the Japanese and the Chinese markets so do not expect to see it in Australia anytime soon.