The Mitsubishi Eclipse and the Ford Mustang are not the only mythical letters involved in the wave of long-wheelbase vehicles. Toyota also wants to introduce its famous “Crown” model to the SUV arena. It was first announced in November 2020 that an SUV version of the Crown could be released. At the time, the Japanese automaker had said the controversial transfer would take place soon. As previously speculated, the Toyota Highlander chassis will be used to build the SUV version of the Crown.
We return to April 2021. When clear images of the SUV version of the Crown were released in China. Any new car that wants to be sold in the People’s Republic of China must go through the process of complying with the standards of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
Whenever this happens, pictures of the car in question will be posted on the MIIT website. The car, known in the local Chinese media as the Crown Kluger, is actually a different take on the new Toyota Highlander.
The car has not yet been officially introduced by Toyota in China, but may be unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show by the end of this month. Aside from the release of Crown Klager images, the MIIT website has also revealed some of the technical details of the car.
For example, we know that its length, width, and height reach 5,015, 1,930, and 1,750 mm, respectively. That means we have a bigger car than the American version of the Highlander. Of course, this size is true in length and height, and in terms of width, there is no difference between the two. Its 2,850mm wheelbase is exactly the same as the American version.
The crown-shaped logo on the front of the car wants to prove that no matter how similar the car is to the Highlander, it is still a new and distinctive product. Many of the technical details of this car have been approved by MIIT. Most different versions come with hybrid propulsion and weigh less than 2,000 kg.
The SUV uses 18.0-inch alloy wheels and the main engine is a 2.5-liter hybrid model with 189 horsepower.
While the introduction of the Toyota Crown as an SUV is a big shock, it is worth remembering that from 1962 to 1971, Toyota also introduced the Crown in other segments such as pickup, station wagon and coupe!
It can be said that riding the wave of SUV manufacturing is inevitable in today’s world. If the Shanghai Auto Show is held on time, it can be predicted that the Crown SUV will be officially unveiled for the first time on April 19th.