Earlier this 12 months, Uncommon Rides memorialized the tip of the long-lived V-12 Toyota Century. At the moment there was no phrase on a brand new Century substitute, so Toyota was left with a Lexus car as flagship — the fairly flashy LS600hL.
Nevertheless, the flagship title modified palms yesterday after a brand new Century dawned.
The conservative and exceedingly formal sedan offered right here will debut on the finish of October on the Tokyo Motor Present. With this new mannequin, the Century enters its third technology — spectacular, contemplating the primary one debuted again in 1967.
Traces are decidedly extra trendy and flashy than with the prior design, which was in manufacturing from 1997 via a part of 2016. The rear doorways are longer, to help essentially the most dignified of shoppers in alighting from the car gracefully. A raised roof permits passengers to maintain the crown jewels atop their heads throughout a visit. Nonetheless, noticeably absent from this new mannequin is a few of the quiet understatement of its predecessor. It’s extra in your face, and from this angle bears a a lot nearer resemblance to the Rolls-Royce Phantom.
It’s uncertain the resemblance was unintentional.
The rear finish therapy pays homage to the final technology Century, albeit in a way more heavy-handed method. The blocky shapes and black trim between giant pink lamps nearly places one in thoughts of an outdated American automobile like a Grand Marquis. The car is now bigger than earlier than, rising in size from 207 inches to 210. It’s additionally two inches wider, and about an inch taller than earlier than. However the exterior isn’t the one new function of this new Century.
The inside is totally new for 2018. Significantly extra trendy than the final technology, curved shapes throughout the sprint substitute the upright angles of the previous, and every thing is LED. There are two several types of wooden current, seemingly some gloss veneer from an early 2000s Lexus, in addition to darker and extra pure wooden from right now’s Volvo assortment. I’m unsure.
Rear passengers loosen up in consolation and luxurious, as could be anticipated. The bench seat isn’t any extra. Two government chairs now occupy the rear space, separated by a large console. Notice how even the inside door handles obtain their very own trendy design.
Beneath all this luxurious, one is not going to discover the V12 engine that was distinctive to the Century. Displacement stays at 5 liters, however now there are solely eight cylinders. There’s additionally a hybrid motor in there — all of this a variation of the UR engine line present in V8 Lexus autos because the center of the 2000s.
None of those trappings will likely be accessible to the American buyer, who should accept a machine-built Lexus. All through its historical past, the hand-crafted Century was solely accessible on the Japanese market, with only a few exported to different nations. Keen consumers will obtain their deliveries someday in mid-2018, with costs simply topping $100,000.