Toyota Crown Sport Hybrid Launched in Japan

The Toyota Crown Sport has made its debut in the Japanese market, joining an extended lineup of electrified models under the Crown badge. Remember that in July 2022, Toyota resurrected the Crown nameplate with a history spanning 15 generations. Usually familiar to us as a sedan, the new Crown range, however, includes a number of iterations including crossovers and SUVs.

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The Crown Sport’s shape is defined by contoured bodywork and toned-up rear fenders, which expose the 21-inch alloy wheels. The fascia features Toyota’s new signature identity, the hammerhead lights while the rear end is equally athletic with horizontally placed LED taillights, a short and strongly sloped windscreen, and vertical outlets on the back bumper.

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In terms of dimensions, the Toyota Crown Sport measures 4,720 mm long, 1,880 mm wide, and 1,565 mm tall, and is 260 mm shorter, 40 mm wider, and 25 mm taller than the Crown Cross.

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Inside, the dashboard features a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and looks very similar to that of Crown Cross. The Crown Sport also has Toyota’s “sound-regulating ceiling,” which contributes to a more serene cabin atmosphere for enhanced passenger communication. The latest version of Toyota’s Safety Sense ADAS suite is installed in the vehicle, and it includes features like Proactive Driving Assist and Toyota Teammate Advanced Drive for aid in congested traffic.

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The Toyota Crown Sport is offered with a choice of two powertrain options- a self-charging hybrid and a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The self-charging hybrid utilizes the 2.5L E-Four Parallel Hybrid System from the Crown Crossover. It delivers a combined output of 231 hp sent to all four wheels through an electric 4WD system. Toyota hasn’t provided many details about the plug-in hybrid but did say it would have a longer electric vehicle (EV) range because of a new “large-capacity lithium-ion battery” that won’t take up much cabin room.

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Toyota’s Tsutsumi Plant in Japan will produce the Crown Sport, with a monthly production volume of 700 units. It will initially only be available in the Hybrid Sport Z grade, which costs ¥5,900,000 ($39,620). Orders are currently being taken in Japan, with the first hybrid model deliveries planned for November and the plug-in hybrid variant for December.

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