Toyota has officially announced the introduction of the Crown SUV to the American market, with the vehicle set to be unveiled on November 14, just before the commencement of the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show.
In a previous teaser last month, Toyota hinted at a new hybrid midsize SUV that bore a resemblance to the Crown Estate concept unveiled in 2022. This suggested that Toyota was preparing to launch a Crown-branded SUV in the United States, which would be sold in addition to the existing sedan lineup, though the Crown name was not explicitly mentioned at that time. Toyota has now confirmed the use of the Crown name for the upcoming SUV.
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Concept of the Toyota Crown Estate Wagon
The Toyota Crown sedan, with its elevated stance, was introduced in the U.S. market last year, replacing the Avalon and signifying the Crown name’s revival in the U.S. after a lengthy hiatus since 1972. The sedan is part of Toyota’s broader strategy to introduce four different Crown models.
Japan has already seen the launch of the sleek Crown Sport crossover this month. In addition to this, plans for a more conventional SUV and a streamlined sedan are underway. The SUV, teased as being aligned with the Crown Estate concept, seems to be the model hinted at for the American audience, with similar taillight designs featured in the recent teaser.
The 2023 Toyota Crown
The powertrain options for the U.S. version of the Crown SUV are expected to align with those offered in the Crown sedan. Presently, the sedan comes with two hybrid AWD systems. Both systems include an electric motor that drives the rear wheels—a typical setup for Toyota hybrids. The base model is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine, while a more potent turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-4 is available, delivering 236 hp and 340 hp respectively.
Speculation suggests that the Crown sedan may see the introduction of a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which could also be offered in the SUV variant. This speculation is supported by the recent launch of the Japanese-market Crown Sport, which features a plug-in hybrid system with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, although specific performance details have not been disclosed by Toyota.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Toyota Crown SUV
When is the Toyota Crown SUV set to debut in the U.S.?
The Toyota Crown SUV is set to make its debut in the United States on November 14, right before the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Has Toyota confirmed the name for the new SUV?
Yes, Toyota has confirmed that the new SUV will bear the Crown name.
What does the new Toyota Crown SUV resemble?
The new Toyota Crown SUV is said to resemble the Crown Estate concept that was showcased in 2022, indicating its hybrid midsize SUV characteristics.
What is significant about the Toyota Crown sedan in the U.S.?
The Toyota Crown sedan marked the return of the Crown name to the U.S. for the first time since 1972 and replaced the Avalon as a high-riding sedan model.
How many body styles will the Toyota Crown nameplate have?
Toyota plans to have four distinct body styles for the Crown nameplate, including a sedan, a sport crossover, a traditional SUV, and a low-slung sedan.
What kind of powertrains are expected in the Toyota Crown SUV?
The Toyota Crown SUV is likely to share its powertrains with the U.S.-market Crown sedan, which currently offers two hybrid all-wheel drive options and possibly a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Will the Toyota Crown SUV have a plug-in hybrid option?
There is a possibility of a plug-in hybrid option for the Toyota Crown SUV, as suggested by the recent debut of the Japanese-market Crown Sport with a plug-in hybrid system.
More about Toyota Crown SUV
- Toyota Official Newsroom
- 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show
- Toyota Hybrid Technology
- Crown Estate Concept Reveal
- Toyota Crown History in the U.S.