2023 Toyota Crown Patent Images Show High-Rise Sedan, Coming This Fall

According to patent pictures, the 2023 Toyota Crown appears more like a high-riding sedan than an SUV.

The photographs are from patents Toyota applied for in Japan and show a strange-looking automobile that will become ubiquitous in the next few years.

Both the European Citroen C5X and the Chinese Ford Evos have four-door fastback sedan bodies and an SUV-like ride height.

Japanese media appear to confirm the photos' authenticity, despite Toyota's silence.

The new car, which may be called Crown Cross to match existing Toyota crossovers, is constructed on the TNGA-K platform, which can have front- or all-wheel drive.

The Crown is 194.1 in (4,930 mm) long and 60.6 in (1,540 mm) high, making it about the same length as a Mercedes GLE coupe but 7.5 in (190 mm) higher.

The title also says the Crown has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine with a CVT and a 2.4-liter turbo four with a six-speed auto. Maybe something got lost in translation, but it sounds like an option between a burger with fries and fries with a smaller burger.

Reuters reported in April that a hybrid Crown SUV would be available in China and North America in 2023, with an EV following in 2024. According to leaked dealer paperwork, Toyota will start selling the Crown in North America in October 2022.

The Crown brand is one of Toyota's longest-running, but sales of the classic sedan type have been declining in Japan for decades, and the badge hasn't been seen in North America for decades. Toyota has rebadged the Highlander SUV with the Crown brand in China.