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The Toyota Crown is now a whole family of vehicles

And it will be available in 40 different countries around the world

Surprise! The Crown is everything that the teasers mentioned. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Remember the cryptic teaser that Toyota released a few days ago for the new Crown? Well, that fastback sedan crossover part was correct, but we didn’t expect the brand to turn it into an entire family of vehicles.

Expect to see more fastback sedan crossovers in the future after this Crown makes it big. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

There are four body styles available, which is made possible thanks to the modular TNGA platform.

The first is the Crossover. This is for those people who want the best of both worlds (the styling of a sedan and the benefits of an SUV’s high stance), and it’s also the first model to be released later this year.

When you're in a Crown, expect Lexus-like levels of refinement and luxury. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

It also introduces a new interior design that utilizes a wraparound instrument cluster, and the packaging allows for easier entry and exit into the cabin, where “every seat is a first-class seat” with high-grade materials.

The Crown Sport is nothing like the Crown Athlete sedan, but we're sure Toyota knows what it's doing. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Then, you have the Sport, which is a traditional crossover that, well, resembles the Crossover EV concept first shown last December. For starters, it looks to be a sportier take on the Crossover variant with a hatch.

Would you get this over a Lexus LS? PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Thankfully, the Sedan still lives on. This looks to be the model’s top-of-the-line offering with regal looks and proportions that would make you think you’re looking at the next-generation Lexus LS.

It's not a proper wagon, but it's something that both families and enthusiasts will fawn over. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Finally, there’s the Estate. This is a long-wheelbase “functional SUV,” and it should appeal to families or people looking to carry more than the other three variants.

The Crown also introduces a new kind of hybrid system that will appear in future vehicles. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Currently, the Crossover will use two new hybrid powertrains: a 2.4-liter Turbo hybrid system (which uses the T24A-FTS) and a 2.5-liter Series Parallel hybrid system (which uses the A25A-FXS). These will both use a newly developed bipolar nickel-hydrogen battery, and the former will utilize the eAxle technology first seen in the Lexus RZ.

The usual Toyota Safety Sense package has been augmented with the Toyota Teammate driver-assistance technologies, with features like Advanced Drive and Advanced Park.

Akio Toyoda knows he has a winner on his hands. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

As we mentioned earlier, the Crossover will be the first one to be sold in Japan. Prices of that variant start at ¥4,350,000 (P1,770,000) for the base Crossover X trim, and go as high as ¥6,050,000 (P2,460,000) for the Crossover RS trim.

But here’s the kicker: The Crown family will be sold globally, and will be rolled out in around 40 countries. So, Toyota Motor Philippines, maybe it’s prime time to resurrect yet another iconic nameplate for our market?

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.