Toyota has detailed the rest of its new, expanded Crown range after launching the first model in markets such as Japan and North America.
The Crown Crossover liftback will be joined by new sedan, wagon and SUV body styles, which offer some similar design cues inside and out but a range of different powertrains.
That includes, for the first time on a Crown, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains.
While the Crown Crossover uses the front/all-wheel drive TNGA-K underpinnings of models like the Kluger, at least one of the new Crown models will be offered with rear-wheel drive in keeping with tradition of the nameplate.
Toyota hasn’t released specifics on the Crowns’ powertrains, though the all-wheel drive Crown Crossover offers a choice of 172kW 2.5-litre hybrid and 257kW/542Nm 2.4-litre turbocharged hybrid four-cylinder powertrains.
Toyota Australia said at the initial reveal of the Crown quartet that there were no plans to bring any of the models here.
The Crown Crossover replaced the Avalon in North America, and represented a return of that nameplate to the US market after a 50-year absence. It also serves as a replacement of sorts for the Camry in Japan, which will no longer be produced for that market after December.
While the Crown has long been a model built largely for the Japanese market, Toyota says Crown-badged models will be rolled out in a claimed 40 countries and regions.
Toyota has also separately expanded its range of Crown-badged models in China, with highly specified versions of the Vellfire and Kluger wearing the Crown name as a prefix.
The new “formal” Crown Sedan goes on sale in Japan this autumn (our spring), offering a choice of hybrid or hydrogen fuel-cell (FCEV) powertrains.
It measures 5030mm long, 1890mm wide and 1470mm tall on a 3000mm wheelbase, or 80mm longer, 90mm wider and 15mm taller, with an 80mm longer wheelbase, than the previous-generation sedan that exited production last year.
It’s also 55mm longer and 5mm wider than the Mirai FCEV on an 80mm longer wheelbase.
A short teaser video reveals a cabin awash in wood trim and ambient lighting, with a screen for rear-seat occupants to adjust settings.
It’ll be available with a choice of 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, but unlike the other three Crown body styles there will be no two-tone paint options available.
Like the previous Crown sedan, and unlike the new Crown Crossover, it’ll come standard with rear-wheel drive.
Toyota hasn’t confirmed which platform underpins the Crown Sedan, but the Mirai sits on the same TNGA-L rear-wheel drive platform as the previous-generation three-box Crown.
The Crown Sport, a sporty-looking two-row crossover model, will launch in the northern autumn in hybrid guise and in the northern winter as a plug-in hybrid.
It measures 4710mm long, 1880mm wide and 1560mm tall with a 2770mm wheelbase; or 90mm longer, 25mm wider but 125mm lower than a RAV4 on an 80mm longer wheelbase.
It rides on 21-inch alloy wheels and will be available exclusively with all-wheel drive.
Finally, the Crown Estate, the first wagon to wear this nameplate since 2007, measures 4930mm long, 1880mm wide and 1620mm tall on a 2850mm wheelbase.
It’ll go on sale in Japan sometime in 2024, offering a choice of hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Both are available exclusively with all-wheel drive, with 21-inch wheels standard.
Toyota calls it a “fusion of a wagon and an SUV” and touts its second-row seats that fold completely flat.