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Toyota Century SUV: Japanese-style ultra-luxury

The rumors that had been circulating in recent months had been right: Toyota was indeed preparing an ultra-luxury SUV based on its large Century sedan. So here comes the new flagship of the Japanese: the Century SUV!

At Toyota, it’s Lexus, which has occupied the top of the range since 1989. The group’s premium division offers sedans, SUVs, crossovers and compacts more opulent and refined than the Toyota models on which they are based. But every rule has its exception, and for Lexus there is an even more exclusive model reserved for the Japanese market: the Toyota Century. This large premium sedan is unique in the Toyota lineup. It has been the group’s flagship since 1967, being mainly marketed in Japan. It is even she who serves as official car to the Emperor of Japan ! For several months, rumors of a new model within the Century range were heard. About a mysterious SUVwhich would be based on the large and desirable sedan …

A Rolls-Royce-style luxury SUV

Drum roll…there it is! Toyota has just lifted the veil on the soberly named Century SUV. A genre of Bentley Bentayga or Rolls-Royce Cullinan with Japanese sauce. It is a bodybuilder and testosterone model who measures 5.2m long and weighs more than 2.6 tons! Four people can take place on board, with of course an emphasis on the rear seat comfort. The passenger compartment has been designed above all to maximize space, so that the seats in row 2 practically stop at the level of the tailgate. Just look at the wheelbase length and that of the rear overhang to see it… Toyota has introduced ingenious systems to reduce noise and vibrations at the rear. The message is clear : this new Century SUV takes care of its occupants.

€160,000 entry ticket

Technically, this new Century SUV is based on the group’s TNGA platform, which it shares with the Grand Highlander, unveiled earlier this year. It borrows a plug-in hybrid block from Lexus, which combines a 262 horsepower 3.5L V6 petrol block with two electric motors. What to develop in combined power 412 horsepowersent to the four wheels (which are also steering) by a CVT gearbox. To hope to find a copy of this Toyota which is now among one of the most exclusive in the worldyou will have to pay 160 000€. It will indeed be reserved for Japan, with a production limited to 30 copies per month. The priciest, chicest, and most desirable Toyota around…

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