Toyota appears to be like to previous and future for Tokyo


Toyota’s Crown sedan, proven as an idea.

TOKYO — Toyota will replace two of its most staid and storied nameplates on the Tokyo Motor Present this month whereas exploring new hybrid concepts with sporty automobile and crossover ideas.

The ideas look to a cool, extra emotional future. However the production-car upgrades goal the Crown sedan and Century limousine, two Japan-market-only nameplates that date again a long time.

The Crown, first launched in 1955, will get redesigned from scratch on Toyota Motor Corp.’s new modularized international platform.

Toyota’s newest connectivity and security expertise, together with pre-crash auto-braking, go into the next-generation Crown, which matches on sale in Japan subsequent summer time.

The brand new Crown even earned some efficiency chops in monitor testing on Germany’s famed Nurburgring circuit.

It is not the primary time Toyota has tried to invigorate the fuddy-duddy Crown. With the discharge of the present era in 2013, Toyota provided the automobile in a scorching pink paint job and designed one variant with an imposing, huge Darth Vader-style grille.

The Century’s exterior was final redesigned in 1967, and the subsequent era appears to be like a lot the identical. It’s going to go on sale in Japan in mid-2018.

Toyota can be bringing the Century limousine into the 21st century by dropping the earlier V-12 engine, constructed solely for the Century, for a 5.Zero-liter, V-Eight energy plant mated to the model’s trademark hybrid system.

The Century additionally will get trendy facilities comparable to pre-crash auto- braking, blind-spot detection, LED headlamps and, lastly, energy leg rests for the VIPs using in again.

However the iconic lengthy automobile — the go-to alternative of Japanese emperors, prime ministers and esteemed captains of trade — largely sticks to its old-school magnificence.

The Century’s exterior was final redesigned in 1967, and the subsequent era appears to be like a lot the identical. It’s going to go on sale in Japan in mid-2018. Pricing wasn’t launched, however the Century has all the time carried a sticker simply above the top-of-the-line Lexus.

On the idea entrance, Toyota says it’s going to discover a brand new style with the Tj Cruiser, a monolithic crossover that merges the roominess of a cargo van with the texture of an SUV.

The “T” within the identify stands for toolbox, apt given the idea’s boxy dimensions. Toyota says the “j” stands for the enjoyment that riders get from venturing to completely different locations.

Toyota envisions the Tj Cruiser as working on a 2.Zero-liter-class engine mounted to a hybrid system and accessible in both two- or four-wheel-drive layouts.

The rear doorways slide open like a van, whereas your complete inside emphasizes inventive cargo area and seat manipulation to accommodate all the pieces from bicycles to surfboards.

As well as, Toyota exhibits its sporty aspect with the GR HV Sports activities idea.

It attracts closely from the 86 sporty coupe — a model of which is offered by Subaru because the BRZ — with a pair twists. For starters, it will get a pointier nostril and a vertical array of LED headlamps. It additionally will get a targa high, in homage to such venerable convertible forerunners because the Toyota Sports activities 800 and the Supra.

Toyota says its matte black end expresses “energy and aggressiveness.”

Powering the automobile is the Toyota Hybrid System-Racing, the electrified drivetrain expertise used within the TS050 racer Toyota enters in Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship.

The battery is mounted close to the middle of the automobile to enhance efficiency dealing with.

Including to the enjoyable is the power to change forwards and backwards between six-speed guide and computerized transmission modes. The push-button ignition is on the tip of the shifter.

“Drivers can delight within the efficiency of THS-R in a real sports activities automobile,” Toyota stated, “whereas experiencing a way of freedom because of the targa high.”

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