Expect a unique mashup of SUV and sedan body styles.
Andrew KrokReviews Editor / Cars
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The Toyota Crown is an executive sedan that the automaker has been selling in various forms since 1955. It used to be sold in the US but left this market after 1973, and luxury offshoot Lexus generally picked up where that car left off in the decades that followed. But a new Crown is reportedly coming back to the US, and we'll get our first look at it this month.
Toyota on Wednesday announced that it will debut the all-new Crown on July 15 in a livestreamed event. Prior to its unveiling, Toyota also launched a new microsite for the Crown, which will likely tease the car's new styling before the actual event next week.
For now, the site offers a short animation that appears to point to the Crown's unique position as something that isn't quite an SUV but isn't quite a sedan. Patent images that allege to preview the Crown also reinforce this chimeric body. It's not necessarily a groundbreaking mashup, as the Honda Accord Crosstour already attempted to blend SUV and sedan dynamics (albeit poorly), but it's definitely an interesting way to keep the sedan vibe alive as buyers keep flocking to high-riding SUVs.
Reuters reported back in April that Toyota intended to launch an SUV variant of the Crown for sale in Japan, China and North America. The report claims the Crown will be offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full-electric variants; of these, Reuters claims the hybrid is destined for the US, with the PHEV version staying in Japan. As for the EV's target markets, the report says Toyota is still working on that.
Toyota has yet to come out and confirm that the Crown is headed to the US, but there is certainly some good proof for that. Toyota applied for a trademark on Crown in May 2021, and an allegedly leaked dealer document shows a timeline that places the Crown's on-sale date as October 2022. Sources familiar with Toyota's future product plans told CNET that a select group of media was recently shown a prototype of the upcoming Crown, as well.