Three new thrilling models will be part of its global expansion.
Last month it was reported that Toyota USA may be looking to introduce the Crown moniker into the market by October thanks to a leaked dealer memo. Information regarding what we can expect is slim but considering there aren't many products that fall under this exclusive banner, it may be safe to assume that it will be the S220-generation model that uses the same TNGA-L platform as the Lexus LS.
Shortly after this announcement, a report suggested that Toyota was looking to expand its Crown portfolio with two new products. Details were slim but it was suggested that included in this would be a crossover with the body proportions of a liftback sedan. New details have now emerged that suggest the Crown family will be based on a different platform entirely.
An all-new report by Best Car Web citing key insiders of the manufacturer now suggests that one of these models will be a sedan based on the TNGA-K platform, currently supporting the Toyota Avalon, Camry, and Lexus ES. Surprisingly, the publication hints that this will be an official replacement for the existing model and will employ the aforementioned high-riding design.
The unnamed insider stated that we can expect to see the official reveal of this curious car by May this year. Thus, a US market introduction by October is plausible. The upcoming model will be front-wheel drive as it utilizes a transverse engine layout but through the power of hybridization, an E-motor will be mounted to the rear to give it all-wheel-drive capabilities.
Two engine options have been earmarked for the range. The base trim will inherit the naturally aspirated A25A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that currently sits in the Camry and RAV4. A sportier flagship trim will ship started with a T24A turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline mill as seen in the current Lexus NX. The new Crown would replace the Avalon, which is rumored to be discontinued at the end of 2022.
This is set to be joined by an all-new SUV employing the same platform, giving the Crown several body styles in the same fashion as the new Corolla, which is available as a hatchback, sedan, and crossover. We can expect this to be shown to the world by next year and followed by a sporty station wagon by no earlier than 2024. The latter model is unlikely to come to the US.