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The Toyota Crown Signia is large and luxurious

This crossover is destined for the United States

The Signia is the second Crown offering in the US market. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

The Toyota Crown’s diverse lineup is quite interesting considering the nameplate’s long and celebrated history. But such an approach is a prudent one given that there is no shortage of buyers going gaga over crossovers. This is especially true in the United States, so it is only wise that the latest member of the Crown family makes its debut there.

Do you think this car will compete with similarly sized Lexus products? PHOTOS FROM TOYOTA

It’s called the Crown Signia, and it has all the things that make the Crown series good but in a package that’s big enough for America. It’s not as sleek as the Sport, but that just means the Signia will offer loads of room for its occupants. Toyota is particularly proud of the length of this vehicle’s cargo area, which is just a hair under 2m.

Unsurprisingly, the Signia is a hybrid. The sole powertrain option is a 2.5-liter engine paired with twin generators that generate a rather modest output of 243hp. The all-wheel-drive system normally operates in front-wheel drive, but it can distribute 80% of the torque to the rear axle when needed. The car sits on the GA-K platform, which should give it predictable cornering manners.

One hallmark of the Crown family is the logical control layout. PHOTOS FROM TOYOTA

The base XLE comes with fabric seats, a six-speaker radio, and 19-inch wheels. The upmarket Limited trim level has quilted leather seats, a JBL 11-speaker sound system, 21-inch wheels, and an optional glass roof. Both variants get a 12.3-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, and trial subscriptions to a variety of cloud-based convenience services.

Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 is standard equipment. Some of its features include collision detection, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and road-sign detection. The Limited version has an optional tech package consisting of a 360° camera and what Toyota calls Traffic Jam Assist. This apparently allows the car to navigate stop-and-go traffic at speeds under 40km/h without the driver touching the controls.

Just look at the depth of that cargo area. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

The Crown Signia will be built in the Tsutsumi factory in Aichi, Japan. Deliveries are expected to begin in the summer of 2024.

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