As it turns out, Toyota’s new American-bound crossover / SUV mashup is only 25 percent of the crown’s history, as three additional models are in the pipeline. Sport, Sedan and Estate were brought up on stage to sit next to the Crossover during the dedicated event held in Japan. These will make up Crown’s sixteenth generation after they decided in 2020 to skip the facelift of the current car and focus on a complete redesign and an expanded portfolio.
So far, Toyota is only showing the exterior design of the three vehicles, and decides to black out all of their windows. Their interiors may not be ready yet, or the company simply does not want to show them at the moment. The red one is called the Crown Sport, but rather than being a sports car, as the name suggests, it’s basically a more compact crossover with a tailgate instead of the larger model’s trunk lid.
The Crown Sedan is actually a replacement for the current fifteenth generation of the Crown, which has been on sale in Japan since 2018. It’s refreshing to see that Toyota still believes that there is room in this SUV-crazy world for a traditional sedan, an attractive one in addition. One could easily slap a Lexus emblem on the car and it would not look out of place. Speaking of which, all four vehicles have a bespoke Crown logo on the front while sticking to the Toyota brand on the back.
As for the Crown Estate, it’s not really a wagon, is it? In fact, even Toyota says it is a “functional SUV” with rear seats that fold completely flat to create a large cargo space. It appears to be almost as large as the 2023 krone coming to the US later this year and has “power to spare,” suggesting a potent driveline.
For the first time, Toyota intends to become global with the crown by introducing this expanded portfolio in around 40 countries and regions around the world. It is estimated to sell around 200,000 vehicles a year when all four become available in early 2024. These TNGA-based cars will be rolled out in order over the next year and a half and promise to deliver quality flagship levels.