There are a lot of rumors around the new Toyota Crown: insiders claim that the 15-generation model could become a crossover based on the TNGA GA-K platform. Now other information has appeared – according to the Japanese portal BestCarWeb, which specializes in various “plums”, the Crown name will be assigned to a whole family of cars, among which, among other things, there will be a cross-coupe. An independent designer has rendered what such a car might look like.
BestCarWeb refers to sources familiar with the preparation process for the next generation Crown. Allegedly, to reduce the cost of developing the model, the automaker abandoned the rear-wheel drive platform with a longitudinal engine (and at the same time from the six-cylinder unit) and built the model on a front-wheel drive “trolley” with a transverse engine layout.
According to the publication, we are talking about the TNGA GA-K architecture, familiar from the Toyota Camry and Lexus ES, and instead of the V6 engine, the model will receive a hybrid power plant based on a 2.5-liter engine. Crown will be produced in several versions, including the form of a crossover with a coupe body. In the renders, such a car is shown with increased ground clearance and a plastic body kit “in a circle”, which hints at its off-road nature.
The legendary name (as well as the nameplate in the form of a crown) has already been tried on by another crossover: especially for the Chinese market, Toyota released the Crown Kluger, which became one of the varieties of the Highlander XSE.
As for the original Toyota Crown sedan, it has been produced since 1955 and is one of the brand’s long-livers. The 15th generation model is currently on the market under the S220 index, which has been on sale since 2018. At the end of 2020, Crown was slightly modernized: the Japanese modernized the interior of the car and expanded the list of auxiliary systems.