Toyota Crown may go from sedan to SUVNovember 13, 2020
According to Japanese media reports, Toyota’s management is seriously considering a major overhaul of the Crown, which has been in production since 1955. Previously, the Toyota Crown was a sedan, but now, the model is sold exclusively as an SUV.
The Toyota Crown luxury sedan has been in production since 1955 and at the time of this writing, at least 15 generations of this model have been introduced. Thus, the car is one of the oldest models of the Japanese automaker still in production.
The current generation of the sedan (codenamed S220) was introduced in 2018 and recently received a minor update.
According to Japanese car publications, Toyota’s management is seriously considering expanding the Crown family – an SUV could be introduced on the basis of this model.
Toyota aims to retain the Crown name in the future, but in doing so is moving from a long-standing sedan body style to an SUV form factor. The source must be reliable enough given that the newspaper is primarily published in Aichi Prefecture, where Toyota is headquartered.
It is expected that the transition from sedan to SUV will take place in 2022, this will happen due to the decline in sales of sedans and the great popularity of SUVs. A year later, Chunichi Shimbun reports that the high-end Crown will allegedly arrive in the US and China. The newspaper claims it will be based on the current Highlander crossover, referring to the TNGA-K platform used locally for the Harrier (Venza in the US), Wildlander (RAV4 / Suzuki Across) and other vehicles.
Given the fact that recently, Toyota has introduced new crossovers – Yaris and Corolla, respectively, it can be assumed that yes indeed, soon we may see a luxurious Crown in the crossover / SUV body.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that Toyota presented an updated Crown sedan. Toyota Corp. on Monday, November 2, showed in Japan an updated version of the Crown sedan.
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