To some, the Toyota Century may appear like a vintage model. Incidentally, the Century had been Toyota’s flagship luxury sedan for 30 years beginning in 1967. It was only in 1997 that Toyota followed up the first generation with the second-generation model. Now on its third generation or twenty years after since its second iteration was launched, Toyota Japan’s regal four-door limousine is preparing to grace 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
What can we confirm so far? The 2018 Toyota Century will take the same classic shape of its predecessors, but this time, it gets a longer wheel base and wider body. The boxy shape and minimalistic design only adds up to the vehicle’s very unique and stately charm.
Sitting on a larger wheelbase of 121 inches (3,090mm), the new Century measures 210 inches (5,335mm) long, 76 inches (1,930mm) wide, and 59 inches (1,505mm) tall. Getting in and out of the vehicle will be so much easier thanks to the additional length and height of the door opening. It may look every inch a classic but the car already features Toyota’s wide range of safety systems and the latest technologies including a hybrid powertrain and adaptive LED headlights.
While the previous generation bears a v12 powertrain, Toyota’s third iteration of the luxury sedan has been downgraded to a 5.0-liter V8 engine. This time however, it comes with Toyota’s Hybrid System II technology that helps in providing the vehicle with first-rate fuel consumption. Other features include a two-stage motor speed reduction unit for a quieter ride experience. Beyond that, Toyota isn’t revealing too much details particularly with the engine. But since the combustion engine is bearing the 2UR-FSE code, we can assume it has the former Lexus’ LS600h unit which more or less could pull out an impressive 394hp (290kW) and 383 (520Nm) lb-ft of powerful torque.
In order for it to provide a smooth ride, the Japanese marque has equipped the luxury sedan with specially-developed tires that produce less noise and reduced road vibrations. This goes along with Toyota’s active noise control system for a more premium ride quality.
Considering the sedan’s larger dimensions, higher ceiling and wider seats, we can also expect a bigger head room space to go with it. The interior should offer ample legroom especially for its passengers seated at the rear
The 2018 Century should have every little thing you need when it comes to luxury such as a rear entertainment system with 20-inch speaker and LCD panel with direct functions to the vehicle’s climate control or audio control. For superior comfort, the base model should get 100% wool seat cover while the top of the line model will be receiving premium leather seats. The rear seats will feature an adjustable massage function plus a electronically powered leg rest to keep its passengers more relaxed during long trips.