Toyota Crown 2023.. Hybrid luxury sedan with 3 classes and four-wheel drive

Toyota has unveiled its new 2023 Crown luxury hybrid sedan, which comes in three classes with a standard all-wheel drive system, two hybrid powertrain options, plenty of modern technologies, and an unconventional raised sedan chassis.

The base powertrain is a 236-hp hybrid setup, while the Platinum model comes with a turbocharged 2.4-liter and two electric motors, which is good for 340 hp. Some trims like the Platinum come with an 11-speaker JBL audio system, heated and ventilated leather front seats, and a stylish two-tone paint option.

While the XLE and Limited are equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with three electric motors powered by a new nickel-metal-hydride battery, a familiar hybrid setup from Toyota. to the front wheels. In addition, a third electric motor drives the rear wheels, giving the Crown all-wheel drive.

Toyota claims this setup produces 236 horsepower. This hybrid system also has an EV mode that allows electric-only driving for short distances at low speeds. The 3 Series Toyota Crown Platinum brings the Platinum Model Upgrade for 2023, or what Toyota calls “Hybrid Max,” a new hybrid system with a 2.4-liter hybrid engine, turbocharger and four hybrid engines paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, with a wet multi-clutch The plates are sandwiched between the engine and gearbox, replacing the standard torque converter like Mercedes-AMG.

Like the base hybrid, the electric motor adds extra horsepower and torque and increases powertrain response, and there's another electric motor on the rear axle, although it's water-cooled and more powerful than the engine in the XLE and Limited segments.

Toyota says the Hybrid Max upgrade gives the Toyota Crown Platinum 340 horsepower, with maximum torque coming from the gas engine between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm. While the basic hybrid engine is front-wheel drive in certain conditions, the Toyota Crown Platinum is always in all-wheel drive mode, sending up to 70 percent of the vehicle's power to the front wheels or up to 80 percent to the rear wheels.

The Toyota Crown Platinum grade also gets adaptive dampers, and all three grades have front suspension, strut and multi-link rear suspension. The Crown is also fitted with Active Cornering Assist, which uses stability control to reduce cornering drift. The XLE gets 19-inch alloy wheels, while the Platinum gets 21-inch 10-spoke wheels with attractive black accents.

Inside, the Crown has a simple, elegant design, while the dashboard is dominated by a 12.3-inch touch screen and digital instrument cluster. There is also a row of physical buttons below the screen to operate the standard dual-zone climate control system. Plus, a wireless charging pad and plenty of USB ports, including two USB-C ports for the rear passengers. Besides supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless systems, the Wi-Fi subscription service can provide up to five devices with 4G connectivity.

The XLE comes standard with eight-way electric heated front seats wrapped in a combination of faux leather and textile. The upgrade to Limited or Platinum grades adds ventilated leather seats in the front and heated seats for rear passengers. The Limited and Platinum versions have also been upgraded to an 11-speaker JBL sound system.

The Crown Platinum and Limited trims also add other goodies like a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting, LED headlights and rain-sensing wipers. The panoramic view camera also comes with a Platinum Edition, and can be selected in a Limited Edition as part of a custom package. This add-on also includes a digital key, 21" dark alloy wheels and 10 spokes. Toyota Crown Platinum can also be decorated with two-tone paint with black paint on the hood and trunk.

All models feature Sense 3.0 safety system, which includes Pre-Collision Alert with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and more. The Toyota Crown will hit dealerships this fall, and the price in the XLE trim is expected to start at $40,000 and the Platinum trim, which tops the range, at $50,000.
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