More premium than Harrier, Toyota Crown Kluger leaked by Chinese gov

CY Foong · Apr 14, 2021 12:00 PM

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The Toyota Crown is one of Toyota’s longest-running nameplates, having been introduced in 1955. Though the name has been applied to a few body styles all these years, including pick-ups and station wagons, the Crown is more familiar on sedans.

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The patent images of the Crown Kluger

With sales of sedans dwindling across the globe, there are rumours that could see the royal emblem continue on as an SUV. Previously, we reported that FAW Toyota has registered the Crown Kluger name in China, and now, we found fully revealing images of what this new flagship SUV looks like.

Also read: Toyota Crown Kluger name registered in China, new flagship SUV?

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These images were published by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Before it gets sold in the People’s Republic, each and every new car sold has to go through MIIT’s homologation process. After that, the images would be published on the site whenever that happens.

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The North American-spec Highlander XSE

The Crown Kluger looks exactly like the all-new fourth-gen Toyota Highlander that is currently sold in the United States and European left-hand drive markets. Just replace the Toyota badge with the Crown emblem and voila!

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The all-new Chinese-spec Highlander (Credit)

However, according to the measurements published by MIIT, the Crown Kluger is a little bit longer than the Highlander. Every other measurement remain the same between the two large SUVs.

Dimensions
Model Toyota Highlander Toyota Crown Kluger
Length 4,965 mm 5,015 mm
Width 1,930 mm
Height 1,750 mm
Wheelbase 2,850 mm

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Other specifications provided by MIIT include the powertrain which is a hybrid 2.5-litre engine with 189 PS. This powertrain is likely to be carried over from the Chinese-spec Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Wildlander Hybrid twins.

Also read: 2020 Toyota RAV4: Multiple faces but essentially the same

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The outgoing Chinese-spec Highlander

Toyota currently sells the previous-gen Highlander in China where it is assembled and sold by GAC Toyota. Toyota has two joint venture partners in China, FAW and GAC.

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Supposed interior shots of the Chinese-spec TNGA-K Highlander (Credit)

Recent spyshots also reveal the upcoming TNGA-K-based Highlander which will be sold there alongside the Crown Kluger as a sister car. Both models are expected to be unveiled at the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2021 which is due to begin later this month.

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The Crown SUV could also be introduced in Japan in 2022 according to Japanese media, probably marketed higher than the Harrier. Would you want to get a Crown-badged SUV in the future?

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CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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