Oldest Toyota to go front-wheel drive?


Japanese resource BestCarWeb published images of the new generation of the Toyota Crown model, already the sixteenth in a row, and shared some technical details.

The Crown is Toyota’s most venerable model, with a pedigree since 1955 and one of the most conservative.

For fifteen generations, it has remained faithful to the classic rear-wheel drive layout, and the current car shares the GA-L platform with hydrogen

So far, all these are just assumptions, as well as renderings showing the appearance of the future car, but, alas, it looks like the truth. The fact is that the Crown brand itself has recently been losing its exclusivity through the efforts of marketers: in China, under the name Crown Vellfire, a luxury version of the minivan is produced.

Japanese experts predict the next generation models will abandon the six-cylinder engine — a turbocharged four will take its place. Of course, there will be a hybrid version, and only the basic version will receive front-wheel drive, all other options will be equipped with either two rear wheel couplings, like in the RAV4, or an electric motor on the rear axle.

How true all the assumptions are, we will find out soon: the debut of the sixteenth generation Crown is scheduled for late 2022.

Photos are taken from open sources.

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