Toyota adds first hybrid full-time 4WD to its Crown series

Toyota has just released its first hybrid full-time 4WD for its Crown series  (Majesta, Royal, and Athlete).

All the new models have a hybrid system that combines 2.5-liter 2AR-FSE engine and motor, torsen LSD transfer and newly-developed hybrid transmission. Regarding high fuel-efficiency, the Royal series and Athlete series offer 21.0km/liter and Majesta offers 19.0km/liter.

Toyota has added 4WD to its existing hybrid minivans including Estima, Vellfire, and Alphard. It's called "E-Four" and has a drive motor at the rear. But, for those hybrid cars that have a separate rear and front motor, usually the rear motor runs when the car accelerates or is on a slippery rode while it passes the task to the front engine motor when it is driving in normal conditions - It can be called "part-time 4WD". But this new Crown series with LSD transfer is truly Toyota's first hybrid full-time 4WD.

Many models have black grille, frame and plating with black interior, and Toyota is promoting the sportiness of these models. They also feature special rain-sensing automatic wipers and anti-glare mirrors.

  • Majestic - ¥6,274,286 ~ ¥6,891,428
  • Royal - ¥3,630,857 ~ ¥5,729,143
  • Athlete - ¥3,672,000 ~ ¥5,914,285

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