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2024 Toyota Crown Hybrid noticed in Malaysia – are we actually getting this bizarre sedan/SUV crossover?


2024 Toyota Crown Hybrid spotted in Malaysia – are we really getting this weird sedan/SUV crossover?

We’ve not obtained the Toyota Crown in no less than a number of a long time, however now that the Sixteenth-generation mannequin is a world mannequin, we would possibly simply be on the cusp of getting one once more. Yours actually noticed one on the Federal Freeway this afternoon undisguised and sporting Selangor commerce plates, on its strategy to Glenmarie.

The newest Crown is a fairly odd car – the enduring Japanese sedan has morphed right into a form of crossover, nonetheless with a discrete boot, bringing to thoughts vehicles just like the short-lived Volvo S60 Cross Nation. Including to the weirdness are the abnormally vast decrease grille, separated boot/rear finish design and, on the automotive you see right here, a flamboyant two-tone color scheme.

All variants are powered by a hybrid powertrain, as denoted by the Hybrid Synergy Drive badge on the boot lid. This pairs a 186 PS/221 Nm 2.5 litre A25A-FXS naturally-aspirated engine with an electrical motor to supply a complete system output of 234 PS. There’s additionally a extra highly effective Twin Enhance model obtainable that swaps the NA engine for a 272 PS/460 Nm 2.4 litre T24A-FTS turbo mill, bumping whole energy to 349 PS.

2024 Toyota Crown Hybrid spotted in Malaysia – are we really getting this weird sedan/SUV crossover?

May UMW Toyota Motor be testing this weird sedan/SUV crossover for an eventual native launch? Properly, the corporate has mentioned that it needs to add extra hybrid fashions to its lineup, however we’re undecided this was what it meant. It has already proven us a thinly-veiled trace of what it plans to herald on the latest Past Zero occasion, and that’s the Camry and Alphard/Vellfire Hybrid.

These two autos stand a greater likelihood at interesting to the standard Malaysian purchaser than the Crown, which is a distinct segment curiosity at greatest and an virtually sure gross sales flop at worst.

In spite of everything, the Crown isn’t promoting nicely within the US, one other sedan-biased market slowly transferring in the direction of SUVs, so it doesn’t bode nicely for a possible Malaysian launch. However, Japanese-market Toyotas have bought fairly nicely right here earlier than. Simply ask the Harrier – and now that that automotive is set to be discontinued, maybe the Crown may swoop in to take its place.

However we’re getting forward of ourselves right here. For those who look intently on the entrance finish, you’ll have the ability to spot the Crown badge as a substitute of the common Toyota oval discovered on worldwide fashions. This factors to the automotive being a Japanese-spec unit – a Crossover G “Leather-based Bundle”, in case you had been curious.

As such, this unit is probably going a gray import or, at most, an analysis unit and no extra. Actually, a fast perusal on a number of classifieds web sites revealed fairly a number of reconditioned Crowns on sale, priced between RM320,000 to RM470,000.

So, the Crown might be not for us, then. However hey, doesn’t harm to dream, proper?

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