The Crown will replace the Avalon as the flagship Toyota sedan
Every version will be powered by one of two hybrid powertrains
The Crown will offer three trim levels
The Toyota Crown will make its official debut in the United States early next year, when the first models will be offered starting at $39,950.
The Crown is a high-riding sedan that replaces the Avalon as the most expensive sedan in the automaker’s lineup, bridging the gap with the more affordable Lexus models.
This new sedan will be offered in three trim levels that will feature different levels of equipment and one of two available hybrid powertrains.
The entry-level XLE comes standard with 19-inch wheels, heated front seats upholstered in woven cloth, and a 12.3-inch screen for the Toyota Multimedia infotainment system. In addition, all versions of the Crown are equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite of driver assistance features.
Stepping up to the $45,550 Limited adds multi-beam LED headlamps, a glass roof, leather upholstery, ventilated seats in the front and heated seats in the rear, a premium JBL sound system, rain sensing wipers, as well as front and rear parking assist with emergency braking.
An available Technology Package also adds the 360-degree camera system and 21-inch alloy wheels.
Both the XLE and the Limited are powered by the fourth-generation hybrid drivetrain that combines a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and two electric motors to power all four wheels via a CVT transmission. Toyota hasn’t revealed many details about this powertrain, except that it can achieve a fuel consumption of 41 mpg (5,7 L/100 km) in combined driving.
The Platinum version builds on the features of the Limited by adding an adaptive suspension, an automated parking system, unique 21-inch alloy wheels, and the availability of a dual-tone paint scheme.
In addition, this model comes with the Hybrid MAX powertrain which combines a turbocharged 2,4L engine and two electric motors, one on each axle. This makes for a combined output of 340 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a six-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission, this powertrain is capable of accelerating the Crown from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5,7 seconds. Toyota says this combination will give the Crown Platinum an average fuel consumption of 30 mpg (7,8 L/100 km) in combined driving. This version will start at $52,350.
Unlike the XLE and Limited, the Crown Platinum will benefit from full-time all-wheel drive via the presence of the rear electric motor. The other two trim levels will send power to the front wheels only until slippage is detected.
The Toyota Crown will begin reaching dealer showrooms in the US in the first months of 2023 and it is likely to follow a similar timeline in Canada.