• The Toyota Crown will have a plug-in Prime version, mimicking the RAV4 Prime.
• Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda confirmed the plan.
• The fastback-style sedan will therefore be offered in hybrid and plug-in hybrid formats.
Toyota, through its Chairman and CEO Akio Toyoda, confirmed this week that a Prime version of the future Toyota Crown is in the company’s plans. Surely prompted in its thinking by the overwhelming success of the RAV4 Prime compact SUV, the automaker made the easy decision to reproduce the formula with its all-new, leggy fastback sedan.
Details regarding the future Crown Prime are absent from the discussion at this time. But we do know that the Crown Hybrid will have the same basic powertrain as the RAV4 Hybrid (a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, two electric motors on the front axle and one on the rear axle, and expected power ( but not confirmed) close to 240 horsepower).
Another, sportier variant of the Crown Hybrid will also be produced, with the three electric motors getting a more powerful playmate, with the gasoline engine delivering around 340 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, according to speculation. (and according to Motortrend).
Does this mean that the powertrain power of the Crown Prime will be higher than that of the RAV4 Prime? Probably, if Toyota wants to position the Prime model at the top of its model line. To do that, it will have to offer more than the sporty Crown’s expected 340 horsepower (the RAV4 Prime gets 302 horsepower from its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and two electric motors).
We will learn more in the coming months.
Pictures of the 2023 Toyota Crown