As it turns out, Toyota’s new crossover/SUV mashup in the US is only 25 percent of the Crown story as three additional models are in the works. Sport, Sedan, and Estate were brought on stage to sit next to the Crossover during a special event held in Japan. This will form the sixteenth generation of Crown having decided in 2020 to skip the facelifting of the current car and focus on a full redesign and expanded portfolio.
For now, Toyota is showing only the exterior designs of the three vehicles, deciding to close all the windows. Their interior may not be ready or the company doesn’t want to show them at this time. The red one is called the Crown Sport, but instead of being a sports car as the name suggests, it’s basically a more compact crossover with a tailgate than the larger model’s trunk lid.
The Crown Sedan is effectively the successor to the current fifteenth-generation Crown that has been on sale in Japan since 2018. It’s refreshing to see Toyota still believes there’s a place in this SUV-enthusiast world for the traditional sedan, which was attractive at the time. . You can easily stick a Lexus badge on a car, and it won’t look out of place. By the way, all four vehicles have a bespoke Crown logo on the front while attached to the Toyota badge on the back.
As for the Crown Estate, it’s not actually a carriage right? In fact, Toyota says it’s a “functional SUV” with the rear seats that fold flat to create a large cargo area. It appears to be nearly as big as the 2023 Crown coming to the United States later this year and has “reserve power,” hinting at a powerful drivetrain.
For the first time, Toyota intends to go global with Crown by introducing this expanded portfolio in approximately 40 countries and territories around the world. It is expected to sell around 200,000 vehicles per year once all four will be available in early 2024. These TNGA-based cars will be launched sequentially over the next year and a half and promise to deliver a superior level of quality.