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2018 Toyota Century Reveals Its Classic Design In Tokyo

motor1 logo motor1 10/25/2017 Adrian Padeanu

2018 Toyota Century

2018 Toyota Century
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Update: Take a look at live photos of the Toyota Century, which has been revealed in Tokyo.

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No, you don't have to check your calendar. We haven't gone back in time as it's still 2017. If you’re a fan of sedans from yesteryear, you are going to like the design of Toyota’s new-for-2018 Century. A Japan-only model, the stately four-door model will carry over the old-school appearance of its rear-wheel-drive predecessor, but in a larger body as the overall length has increased to accommodate a stretched wheelbase. Getting in and out of the car will be easier than before since the height of the door opening is now bigger and the rear doors are longer.

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The boxy, no-frills shape has its own charm especially taking into account this is a very big and imposing car, one that’s 5335 millimeters (210 inches) long, 1930 mm (76 in) wide, and 1505 mm (59 in) tall, with a massive wheelbase measuring 3,090 mm (121 in). Don’t let the classic look trick you into believing this is an outdated car as it features the best Toyota can offer nowadays, including adaptive LED headlights, the full range of safety systems, and a hybrid powertrain.

While its predecessor launched in 1997 came with a V12 engine (yes, a V12), the new Century has downsized to a 5.0-liter V8 part of the Toyota Hybrid System II to achieve a best-in-class fuel consumption. Details are rather scarce right now, but the Japanese marque says its new large sedan has a “two-stage motor speed reduction device” to ensure a silent ride experience. The combustion engine carries the “2UR-FSE” codename, which means it’s related to the one inside the old Lexus LS600h where it churned 394 horsepower (290 kilowatts) and 383 pound-feet (520 Newton-meters) of torque.

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To guarantee a silky smooth ride, Toyota has installed newly developed tires that not only reduce road vibrations, but also generate less noise. For the very same reasons, bespoke engine mounts have been developed, along with an active noise control system that automatically kicks in when the engine starts.

Given the sheer size of the Century, it’s no wonder there is an abundance of legroom for the rear passengers sitting on those extra-wide seats. There is now more headroom than before as the ceiling has been raised a little bit, while the seats are covered in 100% wool on the lower-end versions whereas the more expensive ones get leather. The adjustable rear seats boast a massaging function and come with an adjustable electrically operated leg rest to help you find the ideal position.

Between the two throne-like seats is an LCD panel granting access to a multitude of functions, such as audio, climate control, and fiddling with the seats. Toyota has also thrown in a 20-speaker sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and even a writing table for its luxury limousine.

The third-generation Century is going to be on display starting October 25 at the Tokyo Motor Show where the new Crown will be there as a near-production concept.

Source: Toyota

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