After decades of absence, the 2023 Toyota Crown nameplate will return this year as a hybrid SUV. We must mention that the plug-in hybrid and an EV variant are also rumored, but the conventional hybrid powertrain will be launched first. In case you didn’t know, the Crown name is very well-known because there is a large sedan model with the same nameplate.
However, the new model will be reintroduced as a crossover, and we have some rumors about it. First of all, the new SUV will likely share much of the design with the Toyota Highlander. This means we can also expect the same comfortable cabin and many advanced technologies as well.
2023 Toyota Crown Design
Unfortunately, at the time of writing this article, there is not much information about the design language of the forthcoming 2023 Toyota Crown. Many believe that it will underpin the same TNGA-K platform as the Toyota Highlander.
In case you didn’t know, the same platform is also underpinning the Harrier and the latest RAV4 models. Overall, we expect design to be unique with a more aggressive front end and other visual tweaks compared to the other Toyota models.
Modern and Roomy Interior
Like the most selling Toyota Highlander, the new 2023 Toyota Crown will be modern and roomy. However, at this moment we don’t have information if this SUV offers two or even three rows of seats. Meanwhile, we found out that it could use the same package of standard equipment. This means we can expect it to come with at least an 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and SiriusXM.
As many Toyota cars, the Toyota Crown will use as standard Safety Sense 2.5+ safety tech suite. This bundle includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane tracing assist, and road sign assists.
2023 Toyota Crown Engine Options
The new 2023 Toyota Crown will be a mid-size unibody crossover that will surely use some of existing engines. It will reportedly offer hybrid, plug-in-hybrid, and electric powertrains. Although we’re not sure if all of those variants will be available for the U.S. market. In some of the earlier reports, there are speculations that the next-generation Crown will be based on the Toyota Highlander, which means it will use the TNGA-K platform.
The same platform is underpinning the Harrier and the RAV4 models. So, we expect the new Crown to use the latest Toyota Hybrid System (THS II) that combines 2.5-liter TNGA Dynamic Force engine, and a Multi Stage Hybrid System with dual electric motors and 310 V lithium-ion battery. Thanks to that, the whole system should deliver at least 350 horses. Also, there will be different powertrain versions that will likely be destined for different regions.
2023 Toyota Crown Price, Release Date
As far as we know, the new 2023 Toyota Crown will be available in a few different trims. There should be exactly four of them including LE that cost $55,000, XLE $60,000, Limited $65,000, and the Platinum about $70,000. We expect to see the new Crown SUV to go on sale before the end of the year.