Toyota has unveiled the replacement for the full-size Avalon sedan, which is ending production this year. The all-new Toyota Crown is a full-size fastback sedan with the buyer's choice of two hybrid drivetrains, both featuring all-wheel-drive.
Toyota has long used the Crown name for its premium sedans in the Japanese home market. The Crown is the vehicle of choice for taxis and town cars in Tokyo. However, the new Crown will have nothing but the name in common with legacy models. The design of the 2023 Crown is current, up to the minute, and is Toyota's first new vehicle to offer the Hybrid Max performance driveline.
The Crown will be offered with Hybrid Max, which pairs a 2.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with a hybrid electric motor with a six-speed automatic transmission at the front of the car, augmented with electric motors to power the rear wheels. This AWD system has been in use for years on other Toyota hybrid vehicles. Toyota estimates that the Hybrid Max driveline will deliver 340 horsepower and return an estimated 28 MPG combined city/highway fuel economy. When equipped with Hybrid Max, Toyota expects the Crown will have a 0-60 acceleration time of about 5.9 seconds.
Three trim levels
The 2023 Toyota Crown will be offered in three distinct trim levels; XLE, Limited, and Platinum. The Hybrid Max driveline will be offered on the Crown's top Platinum trim level only. The base XLE and mid-grade Limited trims will be equipped with the Toyota Hybrid System, which is estimated to return average fuel economy of about 38 MPG in combined city/highway driving. All trims will feature the electronic all-wheel drive system.
The Crown XLE comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, heated and power-adjustable cloth fabric front seats and the all-new Toyota Multimedia System with 12.3-inch touchscreen and 6 speakers. Limited trim adds multibeam LED headlights, a fixed panoramic glass roof, Softex and fabric-seats that are heated and ventilated in front and heated in the rear, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, rain sensing windshield wipers and intelligent clearance sonar along with rear cross-traffic braking.
The top Crown Platinum trim includes everything on XLE and Limited and the Hybrid Max powertrain, plus an adaptive variable suspension and unique 21-inch machined 10-spoke alloy wheels with black accents.
All Crown trims will come with Toyota's new Audio Multimedia System and Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 as standard equipment.
All new platform raises the Crown
The 2023 Crown will ride an entirely new chassis platform, which raises the overall height of the vehicle by four inches compared to the 2022 Toyota Camry. The fastback four-door sedan design resembles the most current generation of coupe-profile SUVs more than a traditional sedan profile. Toyota intends the increased height of the Crown to provide increased road visibility, along with easy entry and exit.
All three 2023 Toyota Crown trims are expected to arrive in Toyota dealerships later this year.
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