Toyota has introduced a brand-new SUV version of the Century for the global market. It now stands alongside its sedan sibling in the luxury Century series, which has traditionally been a highly exclusive Japan-only vehicle designed for high-end buyers, like corporations and politicians. The model's exclusivity for the Japanese market has not yet been formally confirmed. Industry reports, however, suggest that the SUV might also be sold in a few other countries. In Japan, the SUV has been introduced with a price tag of JPY 25 million (Approximately Rs1.41 crore). The luxury product by the Japanese firm is 5,205mm long, 1,990mm wide, and 1,805mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,950mm. To know more about the brand-new SUV, read on.
Toyota Century SUV: Design
The all-new SUV gets the same two-tone paint job as its sedan sibling and is available in a total of seven distinct exterior colour schemes. The SUV's overall styling is marked by an angular look, rounded edges, and a prominent shoulder line. Up front, there is a massive grille flanked by split horizontal LED headlights, with a Phoenix emblem in the middle. The SUV rides on 20-inch alloy wheels as standard; however, clients also get an option of 22-inch wheels.
Moving to the rear, the SUV has a straight tailgate and a rear glass, which is angled backwards. Also, there are identifiable LED taillamps with 3D components and Century badging in the centre. Additionally, the rear door can open in two different ways: sideways and like that of an MPV.
Inside, the brand-new Century SUV comes equipped with a number of goodies, including two 12.3-inch screens – one for the infotainment system and the other for the digital instrument cluster – an 18-speaker audio system, wireless chargers, digital rear-view mirrors, and more. There is also a multifunction steering wheel, which has been borrowed from the Century sedan. In addition, the model has a refrigerator, two removable 5.5-inch touchscreen control panels, two 11.6-inch TVs, and rotating picnic tables. The Toyota Century SUV can accommodate 4 passengers, and its rear seats are electronically adjustable and can be completely folded flat.
Toyota Century SUV: Powertrain
The new Century SUV is powered by a plug-in powertrain, with a 3.5-litre V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor located in the back of the vehicle. All four wheels receive power when it is combined with a CVT transmission. The SUV's overall output is 400bhp, and Toyota asserts that the vehicle has an all-electric range of up to 69 kilometres. Normal, Eco, and Sport are the three standard driving modes available in the SUV. Additionally, there's a distinctive mode called Rear Comfort mode, which distributes steering and braking pressure in a specific way to ensure the comfort of rear passengers.
Toyota Century SUV: Will it Come To India?
Currently, there are no official updates concerning the launch of the Century SUV in India. Initially, the luxury model will only be sold in Japan. However, if launched in our market, it could command a sizeable share of the premium SUV market.