Toyota has launched in Japan the 14th generation of the Crown sedan, available in Royal and Athlete versions.

Following leaked brochure images, Toyota has launched in Japan the 14th generation of the Crown sedan, available in Royal and Athlete versions.

The Royal is available with a V6 2.5-liter, while the Athlete is also offered with a V6 3.5-liter. These can be ordered in both RWD and AWD versions, and come with a six- or eight-speed automatic transmission.

For the new model Toyota is offering a hybrid version available for the RWD models featuring a 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine with a high-torque motor that enables the sedan to return 23.2 km/L (4.3 l/100km; 55 mpg-US) under the JC08 test cycle. The conventional engine has an output of 178 HP (131 kW) at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 221 Nm (163 lb-ft) between 4,200 rpm and 4,800 rpm. The electric motor delivers an additional 143 HP (105 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque. The combined output is rated at 220 HP (162 kW).

Optionally available are the leather seat package, rear comfort package (rear accessory socket, rear center armrest, rear power seats and rear side airbags), driver support package (automatic anti-glare rearview mirror, automatic windshield wipers, etc.) and the advanced package (pre-collision system, intelligent sonar and back sonar, etc.)

Full details are available in the press release below.

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Toyota Crown Royal and Crown Athlete sedans reach 14th generation