Toyota has unveiled the Crown Sport crossover in Japan, adding to its diverse range of body styles for the Crown nameplate. This follows the introduction of the high-riding Crown sedan in the U.S. last year, which replaced the Avalon. The Crown Sport, with its unique design, is the second variant in the lineup, with more styles, including a low-slung sedan and SUV, scheduled for release in Japan in the coming months. However, the availability of these additional body styles outside Japan remains undisclosed.
In terms of design, the Crown Sport leans more towards a high-riding hatchback rather than a traditional crossover. Its dimensions are more compact compared to its sedan counterpart, measuring at 185.8 inches in length and featuring a 109-inch wheelbase, which is about 10 and three inches shorter, respectively, than the sedan.
Underneath, the chassis boasts a MacPherson strut suspension in the front and a multi-link setup in the rear, with 21-inch wheels as standard. Notably, the Crown Sport incorporates rear-wheel steering.
Moving to the interior, the dashboard design closely mirrors that of the sedan, featuring a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster paired with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. While specific details regarding the interior space have not been provided, the hatchback design suggests potentially more room in the rear. Toyota has also introduced a novel feature with a “sound-regulating” roof, designed to enhance cabin acoustics and facilitate communication among occupants.
The Crown Sport is available in Japan with two powertrain options. The first is the regular hybrid powertrain, equipped with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, generating 236 hp combined, similar to its U.S. counterpart. The other powertrain is a new plug-in hybrid setup, rumored to be offered in the U.S.-spec Crown, featuring the same 2.5-liter inline-4 as its internal-combustion component. However, detailed power figures, battery size, and electric range for the plug-in hybrid variant have not been disclosed by Toyota.
The Crown nameplate, originally introduced in 1955, marked Toyota’s first passenger car developed and manufactured entirely in Japan. While it was discontinued in the U.S. during the early 1970s, the current Crown model represents its reintroduction in the American market.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Crown Sport Crossover
What is the Crown Sport crossover by Toyota?
The Crown Sport is a crossover model introduced by Toyota in Japan, expanding the Crown lineup. It offers a unique design and comes with various powertrain options.
How does the design of the Crown Sport differ from traditional crossovers?
The Crown Sport features a design that leans more towards a high-riding hatchback than a conventional crossover. Its dimensions are also more compact compared to its sedan counterpart.
What are the key features of the Crown Sport’s interior?
Inside, the Crown Sport’s dashboard design is similar to the sedan, with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Additionally, it includes a “sound-regulating” roof designed to enhance cabin acoustics.
What are the available powertrain options for the Crown Sport in Japan?
The Crown Sport in Japan offers two powertrain options. One is a regular hybrid with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, producing 236 hp combined. The other is a new plug-in hybrid setup, but specific power figures and electric range details have not been disclosed.
Is the Crown Sport available outside of Japan?
While the Crown Sport has been launched in Japan, there is no information provided regarding its availability in other regions at this time.
More about Crown Sport Crossover
- Toyota’s Official Website
- Crown Model Overview
- Car and Driver – Toyota Crown Sport Crossover
- Motor1 – Toyota Crown Sport: A New Crossover for Japan
- Autoblog – Toyota Crown Sport unveiled in Japan