Toyota unveils first Crown SUV

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Toyota has introduced a new crossover in the Crown family. Recall that up to this point, without exception, all Crown models, starting with the first car in 1955, were rear-wheel drive sedans.

The novelty, called the Crown Kluger, is built on a front-wheel drive platform with a transverse engine. The new model is a modification of the current generation Toyota Highlander.

Externally, the Crown Kluger completely copies the Highlander XSE in a sports body kit for the US market. Only the front emblem is different: the novelty used the traditional Crown logo in the form of a crown.

On the technical side, there are no differences at all. Like the standard Highlander in China, the Crown Kluger has a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor. The aggregate output of the unit is 192 hp.

Only a three-row layout of a seven-seater cabin is provided. The interior is also borrowed from the American Highlander XSE, this even applies to the contrasting red and black trim.

Highlander and Crown Kluger in the Celestial Empire will be produced simultaneously: the first model is now being produced by the JV GAC Toyota, and the production of the second will be set up at FAW Toyota. Prices have not yet been announced.

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