Fast forward to early 2024, and that’s when the all-electric variant is due, according to Reuters. The Japanese automaker hasn’t finalized export plans for the zero-emission powertrain. Looking at the bigger picture, does Toyota afford to keep the Crown EV away from the American market? In a nutshell, not quite. Especially not when EV sales are surging, and CAFE standards favor a greater mix of cleaner vehicles in the carmaker’s lineup.
Toyota is also expected to overhaul the Crown sedan, but it’s not clear if the company will bring this fellow stateside. Glancing over sedan sales in the U.S. of A. pretty much seals the sedan’s fate in this part of the world.
Introduced as the 1955 Toyopet Crown, the luxurious four-door sedan was updated slowly but steadily over the course of almost seven decades. The latest redesign came in 2018 with the S220, the internal designation for the 15th generation. Based on the GA-L platform of the Mirai, Lexus LS, and LC, the Crown can be had with three engines: a 2.0L turbo, a 2.5L hybrid, as well as the 3.5-liter V6 hybrid shared with the LS 500h and LC 500h.