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Toyota Century Concept (2018–)

Last updated 9 October 2017

Full size new model Toyota Century 'formal' state sedan offered with Lexus LS hybrid drive, first revealed at Toyota Motor Show 25th October to 5th November 2017.
Very big 'formal sedan for kings, presidents, statesmen. Unlikely ever to come to UK.


Toyota showcased the new Century (to be released in Japan in the middle of 2018) at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017, taking place from October 25 through November 5 at Tokyo Big Sight. The theme of this year’s show is “Beyond the Motor.”

The new third generation Century carries on the tradition of master craftsmanship and high-quality monozukuri (all-encompassing manufacturing) while realising high-demand environmental performance and a design layout that pursues passenger comfort. The interior and exterior design injects new charm into the Century in line with its heritage. Moreover, the new Century features advanced equipment and comfort amenities only suitable for a luxury limousine.

Specifically, the Century is now powered by a 5.0-litre V8 hybrid system for outstanding fuel efficiency. In addition, the wheelbase has lengthened, the height difference between the scuff plate and floor has decreased, and the height of the door opening has increased, all of which are refinements improving the rear seat riding experience.

The intricately glamorous and chic exterior is highlighted by traditional Japanese design elements used throughout the car including the grille and black trim on the rear combination lights. The interior features a raised ceiling design (an architectural ceiling design with additional height in the centre area) and exclusive fabric while the adjustable rear seats (with massage function), are upgraded with a power leg rest for first-class comfort and a sophisticated riding experience.

Main Features

  • Increase in vehicle length, wheelbase, and tread exudes a roomy and dignified style.
  • Ample comfort is provided to rear seat passengers through the increased space created by the expanded wheelbase. Additionally, the rear seat riding experience has been improved through the decreased height difference between the scuff plate and the floor and the increased height of the door opening.
  • The heritage of the Century can be seen at first glance from the front of the vehicle where the grille, lamps, and other elements blend seamlessly together creating a simple and modern aesthetic.The grille has a dual structure with a crown pattern applied behind the vertical grid and clearance lamps.
  • The combination of three projector headlamps and LED Array AHS (Adaptive High Bean System) produce a clear and distinctive appearance.
  • While maintaining elegance in a horizontal foundational posture, the underbody, which dips slightly rearward, combined with the ascending rear cabin, secures the rear seat space and creates a supple movement when viewed from the side.
    By straightening the slope of the C pillar, the design focus of the cabin shifts to the rear, heightening the importance of the rear in appearance.
  • A refined sense of unity is evoked through the blackening of the trim of the rear combination lamps.
    Glamour is evoked from the three-dimensional lens of the rear combination lamps that emit a light of harmony.
  • A raised ceiling and the application of a traditional pattern befitting a vehicle of the highest class.
    In the rear seat area, heather-patterned upholstery is applied from the backs of the front seats to the door panel trim, emphasizing horizontal space. The seat upholstery is made of high-quality materials, including 100% wool that is extremely flexible and soft. Models with leather interiors offer high-end, soft-textured upholstery.
    Similar to the rear seat area, the front seats have horizontal heather-patterned upholstery that emphasizes space. The black heather-patterned decoration in the centre of the instrument panel expresses a noble and sophisticated interior.
  • The step-less, adjustable power leg rest and adjustable rear seats (with a massage function) ensure a comfortable ride.
  • A multi-operational LCD panel located in the central armrest enables passenger control of all seats, air conditioning, and audio controls.
  • Equipped with furnishings that can be used for business or pleasure such as a writing table, reading light, rear seat entertainment system with a large-sized display, and a 20-speaker premium audio system
  • In addition to a specially-tuned suspension and high rigidity body, both driving stability and premium ride comfort are realised by the use of newly developed tyres specialised for ride comfort and reduced road vibration.
  • Optimisation of the engine mount and the active noise control system reduces noise and vibration when the engine starts and achieves smooth acceleration and overwhelming serenity in the cabin.
  • The 5.0-litre 2UR-FSE V8 engine using “D-4S” direct injection technology for low fuel consumption and high output is installed in combination with the Toyota Hybrid System in pursuit of the lowest fuel consumption in its class. In addition, a two-stage motor speed reduction device realises quiet and smooth driving.
  • Safety features suitable for a limousine such as Toyota Safety Sense P collision avoidance support, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert are adopted.




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