Netflix and Toyota lastly have one thing in frequent: Both are reviving “The Crown” within the U.S. this fall after an prolonged hiatus.
Only as a substitute of a dramatized story of Queen Elizabeth II within the Nineties, Toyota sellers will get a hybridized fastback crossover, meant to interchange the Avalon giant sedan, with a resurrected nameplate that hasn’t been bought within the U.S. in 50 years.
The 2023 Toyota Crown would be the model’s new top-of-the-line car within the U.S., because the mannequin has been in its native Japan for many years, and it revives the nameplate within the States for the primary time since 1972.
Toyota calls the Crown a full-size sedan with a “higher ride-height design,” however the styling is far nearer to that of a fastback crossover — such because the Audi Q5 Sportback — although with fastened rear glass and a conventional trunk as a substitute of a hatchback.
The 2023 Crown will supply two hybrid powertrains: an ordinary one tuned to maximise gas financial savings on base XLE and midrange Limited fashions, and a second on the Platinum trim geared toward maximizing efficiency. Toyota estimates the usual hybrid will ship as much as 38 mpg mixed, whereas the performance-tuned model, which it says delivers a mixed 340 hp, will get an estimated 28 mpg mixed.
The customary powertrain mates a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four engine to a constantly variable transmission, whereas the Platinum trim is powered by a turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four engine mated to a six-speed computerized gearbox. Both characteristic an digital on-demand all-wheel-drive system that sends energy to the rear wheels through an axle-mounted electrical motor that engages when wanted for additional traction.
The Fifteenth-generation Crown, inbuilt Japan, will come customary with Toyota’s new infotainment system and a 12.3-inch contact display screen. It shall be geared up with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, the model’s suite of superior security and driver-assistance techniques.
Pricing for the 2023 Toyota Crown was not revealed. Toyota says it expects the car to be in U.S. showrooms within the fall.