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Τις τελευταίες μέρες του 2012 η Toyota είχε παρουσιάσει την 14η γενιά του Crown, το οποίο είναι διαθέσιμο αποκλειστικά στην ιαπωνική αγορά. Τώρα ήρθε η σειρά ενός ελαφρού facelift, με τις αλλαγές να εντοπίζονται και στις τρείς εκδόσεις Athlete, Royal και Majesta.

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Η πρώτη έχει νέα μάσκα, μαζί με full LED φωτιστικά σώματα και μεγαλύτερα πίσω φώτα, ενώ στο εσωτερικό υπάρχουν μικρές αλλαγές κυρίως διακοσμητικού χαρακτήρα. Η δεύτερη έκδοση έχει έναν πιο επιθετικό προφυλακτήρα και οριζόντιες γρίλιες στην μεγαλύτερη μάσκα, ενώ υπάρχει και άφθονο χρώμιο. Στο εσωτερικό υπάρχουν, επίσης, νέες επενδύσεις ξύλου που συνδυάζονται με καφέ αποχρώσεις. Τέλος, η Majesta έχει επαναρυθμισμένη εμπρός και πίσω ανάρτηση, ενίσχυση της ακαμψίας του αμαξώματος, αυτο-επιδιορθούμενο χρώμα και το σύστημα ITS Connect. Το τελευταίο είναι το πρώτο στο κόσμου σύστημα υποβοήθησης του οδηγού, που χρησιμοποιεί αποκλειστικά συχνότητα ITS στα 760 Mhz για να στέλνει και να δέχεται πληροφορίες σε άλλα αυτοκίνητα και σε εξωτερικές υποδομές.

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Η Toyota τοποθετεί για πρώτη φορά και αποκλειστικά στην έκδοση Athlete έναν 2-λιτρο turbo κινητήρα, που συνδυάζεται με ένα 8-τάχυτο αυτόματο κιβώτιο. Η ιαπωνική εταιρία δεν ανακοίνωσε τεχνικά χαρακτηριστικά, αλλά πιθανότατα μιλάμε για τον κινητήρα που έχει ήδη τοποθετηθεί σε αρκετά μοντέλα της Lexus, και εκεί αποδίδει 245 άλογα και 350 Nm ροπή.

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Οι υπόλοιπες εκδόσεις θα συνεχίσουν να εφοδιάζονται με τον V6 2,5-λίτρων κινητήρα, που συνδυάζονται είτε με ένα 6-τάχυτο μηχανικό ή το 8-τάχυτο αυτόματο κιβώτιο, με την κίνηση να στέλνεται είτε στους πίσω είτε και στους τέσσερις τροχούς. Επιπλέον το Crown θα είναι διαθέσιμο για πρώτη φορά και σε υβριδική έκδοση αποτελούμενη από έναν 4-κύλινδρο 2,5-λιτρο κινητήρα απόδοσης 178 ίππων στις 6.000 σ.α.λ με 221 Nm ροπής και έναν ηλεκτροκινητήρα 105 kW (143 ίππων) με 300 Nm ροπής.

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Toyota Gives the Crown a New Shine at Sixty

Toyota City, Japan, October 1, 2015?Toyota is ensuring that the Crown enters its seventh decade in style. The model is getting a new lease on life, courtesy of a major mid-cycle update adding a new direct-injection turbo engine, a broad new range of colors, and a world-first1 ITS safety package.

Since the debut of the original Crown in 1955, the nameplate has been a constant and reassuring presence in the Japanese market. Despite this consistency, it has never failed to adapt to the needs of each era. The most recent redesign focused on injecting liveliness and fun into the Crown, with particular emphasis placed on style, customization, and performance.

The Athlete and Royal series’ will see the most significant changes, while improvements will also be made to the Majesta series. All three will be sold through Toyota dealers across Japan, with a combined monthly sales target of 3,700 units.

A sportier Athlete series and a more refined Royal series

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The front grille, with its striking mesh pattern, seemingly changes expression depending on the viewing angle, giving it an even stronger front view with a commanding presence.

The grille’s outline extends to the bottom edge of the front bumper, conveying the vehicle’s low center of gravity. In addition, the bumper on both sides of the grille projects out to the corners, cutting a wide and low stance.

In addition to Bi-Beam LED headlights capable of switching between high and low beams with a one-lamp light source, the Athlete features surface-emitting LED clearance lamps with a daytime running function.

With larger ring-shaped rear lamps, the rear view expresses an emphasized sense of depth. The interior uses agate laminate decorative paneling, expressing clarity and depth like a work of art. Turbo models will offer a dedicated interior color known as Prussia Blue.

Crown RoyalThe thick front bumper and horizontal grille with an emphasized sense of depth create a front view that exudes a commanding presence and a greater sense of sophistication.

The grille has been lowered even further and a chrome finish extends from the center to both sides, encircling the fog lights and emphasizing a sense of quality as well as a low center of gravity.

The interior uses a lattice patterned panel based on a detailed wood-grain finish. In addition, combined with the new interior colors of black with brown accents, this contributes to conveying both a youthful and yet more sophisticated interior.

Special color selection packageTwelve subtle colors representative of Japanese aesthetics can be selected on certain grades in the Athlete series. Experienced professionals will adjust colors by a manual spray painting technique to achieve a higher-quality finish. A self-restoring clear coat that self-repairs small scratches will be used with the custom colors as well as the usual colors.

The new exterior colors can be combined with three new interior colors: white, black, and gold. All three colors create a sophisticated image in combination with the leather seats. New turbo engine

The 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo engine (8AR-FTS) included for the first time on the Athlete series achieves outstanding acceleration performance at low and medium speeds.

The engine pairs a twin-scroll turbocharger with a cylinder head that uses an integrated water-cooled exhaust manifold to achieve excellent supercharge efficiency. This enables adaptive intake cooling that is not affected by the engine’s thermal load, resulting in maximum torque between 1,650 rpm and 4,400 rpm. Additionally, responsive yet smooth acceleration is achieved using Toyota’s 8 Super ECT and Driving Response and Acceleration Management System (DRAMS) with all-new controls.

Advanced D-4ST (Direct-injection 4 stroke gasoline engine Superior version with Turbo) technology creates an ideal air-fuel mixture and achieves maximum efficiency high-speed combustion.

In addition, Dual VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) technology optimally controls intake and exhaust valve timing, allowing the engine to run on the Atkinson cycle2, while efficiency is further improved through the use of a Stop & Start System idling-stop function. Vehicles equipped with the 8AR-FTS engine boast a fuel efficiency of 13.4 km/L under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s JC08 test cycle. Outstanding basic performance as a luxury sedan

By using structural adhesive and increasing the number of spot welding points to 90, Toyota has made improvements to the Crown’s manufacturing process that have led directly to enhanced driving comfort and steering responsiveness.

Additionally, shock absorbers and bushings have been tuned. Adaptive Variable Suspension System (AVS) and Electric Power Steering (EPS) control systems improvements have been implemented, leading to greater steering accuracy and road grip when cornering. ITS Connect

The Crown will be the world’s first1 mass-market vehicle to offer a driver assist function that uses a dedicated ITS frequency. The package, named ITS Connect, uses Japan’s standardized ITS frequency of 760 MHz to receive and share data transmitted by external infrastructure and other vehicles. This kind of data often cannot be picked up by onboard sensors.

Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication

Right-turn Collision Caution While waiting to turn right at an intersection fitted with the appropriate equipment, drivers are warned by an audio and visual alert if they take their foot off the brake and start to move forward when there are potential hazards the driver may not have noticed. Red Light Caution When approaching an intersection fitted with the appropriate equipment, if the signal is red and the driver does not ease off the accelerator, the system will warn the driver with an audio and visual alert. Signal Change Advisory When stopped at a red light at an intersection fitted with the appropriate equipment, a display counts down the remaining time until the traffic light changes.

Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communication

Communicating Radar Cruise Control The system responds almost instantaneously to the acceleration and deceleration of other vehicles equipped with Communicating Radar Cruise Control. This allows two or more vehicles to maintain a safe distance and minimize speed fluctuations, smoothing out traffic flow. Emergency Vehicle Notification When an ambulance equipped with a compatible communication device is sounding its siren nearby, the system notifies the driver with an audio alert and displays the approximate location and distance of the emergency vehicle, as well as the direction in which it is moving.

Other safety features

Blind Spot Monitor The Blind Spot Monitor uses radar to detect vehicles traveling alongside that are present in the side mirror’s blind spot while driving. The side mirror’s LED indicator will light up or flash to warn the driver. Intelligent Parking Assist Intelligent Parking Assist (with Easy Set function, Parking Space Confirmation function, and Handle Select function) is available.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices Crown Athlete

Engine Transmission Driveline Price*1
Athlete T 8AR-FTS (2.0-liter turbo) 8 Super ECT*2 Rear-wheel drive 3,880,000 yen
Athlete S-T 4,500,000 yen
Athlete G-T 5,330,000 yen
Athlete i-Four 4GR-FSE (2.5-liter) 6 Super ECT*3 Four-wheel drive 4,007,000 yen
Athlete S i-Four 4,627,000 yen
Athlete G i-Four 5,467,000 yen
Athlete S 2GR-FSE (3.5-liter) 8 Super ECT*2 Rear-wheel drive 5,240,000 yen
Athlete G 6,100,000 yen
Athlete THS II with reduction gear 4,310,000 yen
Athlete S 4,950,000 yen
Athlete G 5,770,000 yen
Athlete Four Four-wheel drive 4,526,000 yen
Athlete S Four 5,166,000 yen
Athlete G Four 5,986,000 yen
*1Includes consumption tax; differs in Hokkaido and Okinawa; *2Super Intelligent Electronically-controlled, Eight-speed Automatic Transmission;*3Super Intelligent Electronically-controlled, Six-speed Automatic Transmission
Engine Transmission Driveline Price*1
Royal 4GR-FSE (2.5-liter) 6 Super ECT*2 Rear-wheel drive 3,730,000 yen
Royal Saloon 4,340,000 yen
Royal Saloon G 5,140,000 yen
Royal i-Four Four-wheel drive 4,008,000 yen
Royal Saloon i-Four 4,618,000 yen
Royal Saloon G i-Four 5,377,000 yen
Royal THS II with reduction gear Rear-wheel drive 4,310,000 yen
Royal Saloon 4,940,000 yen
Royal Saloon G 5,690,000 yen
Royal Four Four-wheel drive 4,526,000 yen
Royal Saloon Four 5,156,000 yen
Royal Saloon G Four 5,906,000 yen
*1Includes consumption tax; differs in Hokkaido and Okinawa; *2Super Intelligent Electronically-controlled, Six-speed Automatic Transmission;

Crown Majesta

Hybrid System Driveline Price*
Majesta THS II with two-stage motor speed reduction device Rear-wheel drive 6,330,000 yen
F version 6,950,000 yen
Majesta Four THS II with reduction gear Four-wheel drive 6,540,000 yen
*Includes consumption tax, does not include recycling fees, and differs in Hokkaido and Okinawa

While many of the above features apply only to the Athlete and Royal series’, the Majesta series will now also be available with ITS Connect, a self-restoring clear coat, and other partial improvements that include reinforced rigidity of body junctions and optimized front/rear suspension.

1As of October 2015, according to Toyota data

Combustion cycle in which thermal efficiency is improved by making the expansion ratio larger than the compression ratio, thereby improving fuel efficiency