If you live outside of Japan you might be oblivious to the current Toyota Crown, or any other generation – but we can tell you the model that was introduced back in 2012 and was updated for 2015 is currently in its… 14th (!) generation.
Talk about heritage – but Toyota isn’t looking back during the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, and is more interested in the future, with the Crown preparing for a new generational switch. The automaker is coming at the event with a near production prototype of the new Crown, meaning this is about it, with the final spec to be revealed sooner rather than later in 2018. The most important change brought by the successor is the switch to the company’s all-new TNGA platform, aiming to deliver “customers the enjoyment of driving cars while pursuing a future mobility society.” Vague or not, the new Crown should arrive lighter, nimbler and with improved stability, as the automaker even tested it on the famed Nurburgring track.
According to preliminary details, the new generation Crown is growing compared to its predecessor, standing at 193 inches (4,190 millimeters) versus 192 in (4,885 mm), with an elongated wheelbase too. The new Crown study definitely looks like a series production-ready car, with no concept flourishes – and adopting a more aggressive stance thanks to the massive radiator grille at the front, stylish headlights and wide wheel arches with long rear overhang on the side. The production version will too be equipped with the Data Communication Modules (DCM) that will gather data for the vehicles about traffic, aiming to end “societal problems” by “reducing traffic jams in cities.”