August 14, 2022

The once-popular 1955 Toyota’s first production is making a comeback and South Africa will soon be entitled to one of the four models.

By Janine Van der Post

Four new models with cutting-edge hybrid drivetrains and four different body types will be part of the line-up. The Sport delivers a sporty driving experience with an alluring ambience and an easy-to-drive package, in addition to the Crossover type, a new design that combines a sedan and an SUV. 

When we first saw the Crown in June, we were conflicted about it since our hopes for a fast, rear-wheel-drive sedan were rapidly crushed. We had many concerns as a result of that and the two-tone paint job, which seemed dubious. 

The Crown has a trunk, despite its appearance as a lift back, and although it appears little from the outside, it becomes obscenely large when opened. Although Toyota hasn’t yet provided comprehensive U.S. specifications, this reviewer could comfortably squeeze inside even without folding the back seats. 

By Thanos Papas

According to Toyota South Africa, as part of their ongoing New Energy Vehicle (NEV) product development, the all-new Crown in Crossover guse will make its local premiere in our market during the first quarter of 2023. Closer to the debut date, more information will be disclosed. 

Toyota has already announced the model will be available with two different hybrid powertrains, despite being cagey on a few U.S. details. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission, and a newly created high-output bipolar nickel-metal hydride battery make up the base powertrain available on the Crown XLE and Limited. Regardless of the final figures, Toyota USA anticipates a 38 mpg fuel economy rating.

By Michael Gauthier

The 2.5-liter engine, the dual-motor E-Four technology, and a CVT transmission are standard on the Crossover X and Crossover G. The electric motors add 161 horsepower (88 kW/120 PS) at the front and 54 hp (40 kW/54 PS) at the back to the 184 hp (137 kW/186 PS) produced by the ICE.

The Crown Crossover RS receives a new direct shift six-speed automatic transmission, a more powerful turbocharged 2.4-liter engine, and various dual electric motors for the E-Four Advanced system. The ICE generates 268 hp (200 kW / 272 PS) in this hybrid system, while the electric motors are capable of producing 82 hp (61 kW / 83 PS) and 79 hp (59 kW / 81 PS) while adding extra torque.

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