2013 Toyota Crown Athlete
Toyota has just revealed the redesigned 2013 Crown series in Japan, the Toyota Crown Royal and Toyota Crown Athlete sedans. Fyi, the original Crown debuted in 1955, and this 2013 model year will be the 14th generation of the car.
Measuring 4,895mm (192.7 inches) in length, the Crown which is offered in two basic flavors – the more luxurious Royal variant and the sportier looking Athlete – has the same size as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The 2013 Toyota Crown can be ordered with a 2.5-liter V6 engine or 3.5-liter V6 engine, and the rear-wheel-drive versions of the Crown also can be had with a new hybrid system that combines a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder inline Atkinson cycle engine featuring next-generation D-4S4 technology with a high-torque electric motor. The battery pack is NiMH.
With this new 2AR-FSE engine, the new Toyota Crown has class-leading maximum thermal efficiency of 38.5% to achieve both high fuel efficiency and high output. The new engine delivers 131 kW (176 hp) at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 221 Nm (163 lb-ft) from 4,200 to 4,800 rpm. Its 105 kW electric motor provides maximum torque of 300 Nm (221 lb-ft), with complete system maximum output is 162 kW (217 hp).
Visually, both Crown Royal and Athlete receive fresh styling inside and out, along with updated components. Outside, the Athlete model is sportier than the Royal, thanks to bespoke grille inserts, new front fenders, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and an aero kit. Inside, the Athlete also gets sportier trim accents and sport seats.
In Japan, pricing starts at 3,530,000 yen (US$41,400 or €31,300) for the base Crown Royal to 5,430,000 yen (US$63,600 or €48,300) for the high-end Crown Athlete G.