In November 2020, Toyota announced to discontinue the iconic Crown nameplate, however at the same time Japanese media reported that the Crown may relive as a large SUV model to cater to rising demand of SUVs. In April 2021, the name was repurposed for an SUV in China called Crown Kluger which was essentially an aesthetically different version of Toyota Highlander.
Now however, patent images from the local trademark bureau have been leaked by various Japanese auto portals showing us a new take on the Crown which now takes shape of a high-riding fastback. The blurry images show a front that has a look reminiscent to that of US-spec Corolla with a hint of Civic. The intricated rear end features a slim full-width light bar separated by Toyota emblem.
Patent images of Toyota Crown Cross hybrid
According to information the vehicle will go on sale under the name of Crown Cross and will ride on the TNGA-K platform. The reports say it will be 4,930mm long, 1,840mm wide, and 1,540mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,850mm, making it bigger in every dimension compared to the outgoing sedan, but with a slightly shorter wheelbase.
Toyota will reportedly sell the new Crown Cross with a four-cylinder 2.5L hybrid engine paired to a CVT gearbox. Additionally, there will also be a turbocharged 2.4L unit with 6-speed automatic transmission and a choice between front- and all-wheel drive, with a plug-in hybrid option in the works as well. According to Japanese media reports, the new Toyota Crown Cross will break covers on the 15th of July 2022.
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