Today, Toyota is one of the few manufacturers on the international scene that continues to defend the use of fuel cell in passenger cars. Although most of its rivals have ruled out this solution for reasons of cost, energy efficiency and use of space, the Japanese firm believes that hydrogen will be key to decarbonizing the light vehicle sector.
At the moment, the company has only one model of this type in its offer, the Mirai; However, in the short term another will be added: the Crown Sedan. Actually, both sedans are roughly the same car, since they share a platform (GA-L); in fact, it can be seen that their lateral line is practically identical.
The Crown name has identified Toyota’s flagship executive saloon for more than six decades; however, in its latest generation has become a sub-brand with a range made up of four models: Crossover, Sedan, Estate and Sport. The Crown could be considered a sort of intermediate step between the “standard” Toyota and the Lexus.
The Toyota Crown Sedan measures 5.03 meters long, 1.89 meters wide and 1.47 meters high, while its battle stands at 3 meters. Its commercial launch is scheduled for autumn of this year, and although its landing in markets such as China is confirmed, it is most likely that it will not reach European roads.
The Toyota Crown Sedan is the twin brother of the Mirai
Although its technical specifications remain a mystery, we practically take it for granted that its propulsion system will be identical to that of the Mirai. Therefore, it probably equips an electric motor of 182 PS (134 kW) and 300 Nm from the Lexus UX 300e, which will give you a 0-100 km/h in 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 175 km/h.
The Mirai fuel cell is made up of 330 cells and has 128 kW of power. Its three fuel tanks, cylindrical in design, operate at a pressure of 700 bar and can store a maximum of 5.6 kg of hydrogen. Their combined capacity is 142 liters and they provide you with a range of 650 km.
The Crown Sedan will differ from the Mirai with a more classic and elegant exterior design, as well as a more luxurious cabin. It is not ruled out that later both receive a third brother, the Lexus GS, whose previous generation was discontinued a few years ago. This model would be between the ES and LS with hybrid mechanics.