Toyota Crown Concept shows up at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on October 29, 2017

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.

Press Release

Toyota Crown Concept

The Crown Concept is a concept vehicle developed in pursuit of driving performance and connected technology. It features the blend of the storied Crown tradition with its birth in 1955 and the innovation to be expected in the Crown in a next generation mobility society.

The features of the Crown Concept are as follows:

Innovative driving performance as part of Toyota's pursuit of "Fun to Drive"
To offer customers the enjoyment of driving cars while pursuing a future mobility society, TMC has re-designed cars from scratch, including building the new Crown Concept on a platform based on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), and has conducted testing in Nürburgring, Germany. In addition to responsive handling performance, driving stability is realized whether driving in low-speed areas or high-speed areas and whether on smooth surfaces or rough surfaces. The driver is in control, put at ease, and can enjoy the driving experience.

Pursuit of innovative evolution in order to fully realize connected technology as a service
Responding to an IoT society with complete implementation of Data Communication Modules (DCM)
Toyota hopes to provide new value to customers by utilizing big data that is acquired from DCMs installed in Toyota vehicles. The DCM will come standard in the commercial model of the Crown Concept.

From "safety realized by one car" to "safety realized by the whole city"
Toyota's advanced technologies not only include automatic braking, but also ITS Connect, a connected technology service that keeps society safe as a whole through the sharing of information on things like traffic signals and other vehicles. Toyota has contributed to the early development of connected technology by participating in public and private demonstration experiments.

Enhancement of your driving lifestyle with big data
By utilizing the mobility service platform, Toyota aims to contribute to solving societal problems, for example, by reducing traffic jams in cities through the utilization of data on traffic congestion. Additionally, Toyota aims to diagnose vehicles remotely using vehicle data collected from DCMs to predict potential vehicular issues and the necessity for vehicular maintenance. Call centers provide quick and appropriate support and provide customers a sense of safety and security.

Toyota aims to offer a car that can continue to excite drivers, well into ownership, and believes that the remote technology unique to this connected car, as well as the utilization of a new mobility service, can provide an exciting evolution to the driving lifestyles of its customers. The commercial model of the Crown Concept is scheduled to be released around the summer of 2018.

Source: Toyota

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