The Toyota Crown is an oddball of a sedan that kind of replaces the Avalon however comes with the elevated journey top of a crossover. It’s an attention-grabbing choice from Toyota, however on the similar time, we anticipate it’ll enchantment to older drivers who’ve a tough time getting out and in of conventional sedans. It’s solely attainable that one of many 13,054 folks within the U.S. who personal one is below 65, however there can’t be lots of them. Which will change, nevertheless, with the introduction of the Toyota Crown Sport as a result of man, this factor seems good.
Is it a crossover? Is it a wagon? Are lifted wagons crossovers? We’re not going to debate that right here, however we’re positively getting Ferrari Purosangue vibes, and we’re not complaining. Certain, there’s no V12 below the hood, however we suspect patrons will likely be more than pleased with the usual hybrid and elective plug-in hybrid powertrains. Toyota hasn’t introduced energy figures simply but, however once we drove the Crown sedan, we discovered the 340-hp Platinum model to be surprisingly fast.
The Crown was additionally surprisingly enjoyable to drive, and it sounds just like the Crown Sport will likely be much more agile due to rear-wheel steering. No, there’s no handbook transmission, however did you actually anticipate a Toyota hybrid to return with a handbook? We definitely wouldn’t complain if Toyota ever determined so as to add one prefer it did with the Supra, however on the similar time, we’re not holding our breath. It’s 2023, not 1993. However hey, a minimum of it is available in some enjoyable colours.
Now for the unhealthy information. Toyota is already taking orders for the Crown Sport however solely in Japan. For now, there don’t seem like any plans to promote the Crown Sport exterior of Japan, and even when it ever does make its technique to Europe, it’s unlikely that it’s going to ever come to the U.S. Which is a disgrace as a result of this factor is an absolute dwelling run. Possibly if all of us name our Toyota sellers and beg them to beg Toyota to present it a shot over right here, we will persuade the chief workforce to vary its thoughts.
Will it work? In all probability not. However it may possibly’t damage to strive. And Toyota, for those who’re studying this, please contemplate blessing us with a U.S.-spec Crown Sport. It’s mainly a crossover, and People love crossovers! If Porsche could make the enterprise case to promote each the Taycan Sport Turismo and Taycan Cross Turismo right here, certainly there’s sufficient demand for the Crown Sport to justify bringing it over right here. Fairly please?