Toyota Crown Signia hybrid SUV unveiled

LOS ANGELES: Toyota has announced the North American debut of the first-ever Crown Signia, marking the nameplate's entry into the SUV category.

The Crown Signia will be the second entry in the US Toyota Crown lineup after the Crown sedan, and will offer elevated ride and premium quality in a stylish crossover package.

Equipped with the Toyota Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) powertrain with on-demand all wheel drive (AWD) standard, the Crown Signia will be available in XLE and Limited grades. The five-seater replaces the Venza mid-size SUV.

It features a sleek cabin with upscale comfort, textured leather-trimmed seating, and a centre console with a vertical wireless charger and storage.


The vehicle also comes with a large full-colour driver's display and a floating 12.3-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia touchscreen.

It is powered by a 2.5-litre DOHC four-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motor generators, delivering a combined 243hp and a preliminary manufacturer-estimated 6.5 l/100km rating.

It also has Toyota's electronic on-demand all-wheel drive system and is capable of towing up to 1,224kg.


The vehicle's design includes a wide stance, available 21-inch wheels, and a Toyota Hammerhead front end with a signature DRL and compact headlight unit.

It has a flowing roofline and a roomy second row seating that folds flat to reveal a 1.9-metre-long cargo area.

Apart from having eight airbags, the Crown Signia will come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 (TSS 3.0) as standard. This suite of safety and driver assistance technologies includes:  Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection;   Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist; Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control;   Lane Tracing Assist; Road Sign Assist; Automatic High Beams; and Proactive Driving Assist.


The Crown Signia will be available in five colours and a choice of Saddle Tan or Black seating.

Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile (57,936km) basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items.

Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles (96,560km) and against perforation from corrosion for 60 months with no mileage limitation.


Hybrid-related components that require repairs needed to correct defects in materials or workmanship are covered for 8 years/100,000 miles (160,934km), whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new.

The HV battery is covered for 10 years/150,000 miles (241,401km), whichever comes first, and is transferable across ownership.

Toyota plans to have 19 electrified models available for sale in its US model lineup, and the Crown Signia is part of the company's "Beyond Zero" vision to reach carbon neutrality.

The Crown Signia is expected to arrive at Toyota's US dealerships in the summer of 2024.

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