(CTN News) – It would seem that Toyota is putting stilts on a model that is even more prestigious than the Crown that was given the SUV treatment.
With only 30 units projected to be sold each month, the new luxobarge has the potential to become even more exclusive since the sales projections are that it will sell only 30 units per month.
Although it is far more luxurious than any Toyota/Lexus SUV before it, it is also one of the most expensive vehicles in the world. Approximately $170,000 is what it costs you, which is equal to 25,000,000 JPY.
In terms of size, the boxy SUV with horizontal split lights a la Genesis is imposingly large, measuring 197.8 inches (5205 millimeters) long, 78.3 inches (1990 millimeters) wide, and 1805 millimeters (71 inches) high.
The Century sedan has a shorter wheelbase, but it’s wider and seats only four instead of five people in the back. This truck boasts a generous wheelbase of 116.1 inches (2950 mm) and tips the scales at a hefty weight of 5,665 pounds (2,570 kilograms).
You won’t have any trouble getting into and out of those posh rear seats since there are grab handles on the C-pillars, electrically deployable side steps, and rear doors that will open at an angle of 75 degrees to make getting in and out a piece of cake.
A rather interesting GR-badged variant of the vehicle was shown during the presentation, with electric sliding rear doors that look like those found on minivans.
Unlike the standard sedan, it does away with the Toyota badge in favor of the more prestigious phoenix emblem found on the front and rear of the vehicle as well as on the elegant multi-spoke wheels, just like the stately sedan.
In addition to the ubiquitous TNGA platform that underpins the Century SUV, there have been some upgrades made to the body’s torsional rigidity as well as other improvements to increase ride comfort.
The cargo space separator in the Toyota Corolla is installed with clear laminated glass on the cabin side so that people who are relaxing on the fully reclining seats won’t be able to hear any of the noises coming from the cargo area.
Additionally, the Rear Comfort mode can be switched on in order to distribute the driving and braking forces in such a way as to keep the rear passengers from being disturbed.
The new Century features a plug-in hybrid powertrain featuring a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a CVT and all-wheel drive, courtesy of an electric motor located at the rear.
We are fairly certain that some would have preferred the 5.0-liter V8 powertrain of the Lexus TX 550h+ since its combined output is 406 horsepower (303 kilowatts). The second generation of the sedan was Toyota’s only V12 production model.
Toyota plans to expand the model’s customizability to include truly one-of-a-kind builds at select dealers in Japan. There is no need to worry, the Century sedan will continue to be offered.