After the arrival of Lexus in the UAE and GCC in the early 90’s, the Toyota Crown was slowly phased out of the market. The Japanese automaker’s flagship sedan continues to be a strong player in their local market however, with the new 2013 Toyota Crown making its debut recently.
The standard model, the Crown Royal, gets 2.5-litre V6, good enough to produce 200 hp and 243 Nm of torque, which is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The higher spec’ed Crown Athlete, gets a 3.5-litre V6 motor which produces 311 hp and 377 Nm of torque, and is available with an 8-speed automatic transmission. There is also a hybrid model available, which uses a 2.5-litre engine connected to an electric motor, altogether producing about 176 hp and 221 Nm of torque. The petrol-only engines have the options of real-wheel drive or four-wheel-drive, while the hybrid is only rear-wheel drive.
Interior is nothing short of luxurious with leather and wood panels plastered all over the place. There is no shortage of technology as well to improve entertainment needs as well as improve safety. Safety tech includes an Adaptive High Beam System, Panoramic View Monitor, Pre-collision System and Intelligent Clearance Sonar.
It is unlikely the Toyota Crown will be revived for the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC markets.