New Toyota Century Unveiled — Japan’s Answer To The German Limos

By Rahul

Toyota has unveiled its new Century in Japan. The Toyota Century has been built to celebrate the 100th birthday of Sakichi Toyoda, Founder Toyota Group.

New Toyota Century Unveiled; Celebrates 100th Birthday of Toyota Group Founder

The first Toyota Century was launched back in 1967. The Century has been a popular Chauffeur-driven car in Japan for the last 50 years.

The third-generation Toyota Century has received a complete redesign for the first time in 21 years.

New Toyota Century Unveiled; Celebrates 100th Birthday of Toyota Group Founder

The Toyota Century combines traditional techniques for its design and construction, yet offers the latest in technologies and features.

The car also features the heritage ‘Phoenix' emblem. Which itself is handcrafted over a six-week period.

New Toyota Century Unveiled; Celebrates 100th Birthday of Toyota Group Founder

Apart from this, the car features a specially developed paint, the Eternal Black. The car receives seven layers of the new black paint. The clear coating further contains black paint, giving the car a black lacquer finish.

New Toyota Century Unveiled; Celebrates 100th Birthday of Toyota Group Founder

The Toyota Century's wheelbase has been increased by 65mm, compared to the previous generation. At 3,090mm, the extended wheelbase now offers more space to the rear passengers. The car also sits 15mm lower to the ground.

The Toyota Century is 5335mm long, 1930mm wide and 1505mm tall. For comparison, the Century is 110mm longer than the extended wheelbase Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

New Toyota Century Unveiled; Celebrates 100th Birthday of Toyota Group Founder

The new Toyota Century is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine, supplemented by an electric motor. The engine alone produces 375bhp and 510Nm of torque.

The combined power output from the engine and the electric motor comes to a massive 425bhp.

Toyota claims a fuel efficiency of 13.6km/l for the Century.

New Toyota Century Unveiled; Celebrates 100th Birthday of Toyota Group Founder

The Toyota Century receives wood trim interiors, raised ceiling design and an exclusive ceiling fabric.

Other features on the Century: 11.6-inch rear seat entertainment system, 12-channel audio amp and 20 optimally placed speakers.

New Toyota Century Unveiled; Celebrates 100th Birthday of Toyota Group Founder

The Century also features a seven-inch touch panel at the centre armrest. This allows the rear passengers to control the audio system, massage function, curtains and the air conditioning.

New Toyota Century Unveiled; Celebrates 100th Birthday of Toyota Group Founder

Safety features on the Toyota Century: Blind Spot Monitor, Toyota Safety Sense, Parking Support Alert, Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Radar Cruise Control and an Adaptive High Beam System.

New Toyota Century Unveiled; Celebrates 100th Birthday of Toyota Group Founder

The Century also offers two new features: HELPNET and D-Call Net. The HELPNET is an automatic emergency reporting system. This system gets activated automatically once the airbags are deployed.

The D-Call Net system automatically decides the requirement for an air and ground ambulance in case of an accident, based on the vehicle data.

Thoughts On The Toyota Century Limousine

New Toyota Century Unveiled; Celebrates 100th Birthday of Toyota Group Founder

Toyota is offering the Century Limousine across all company dealerships in Japan. The company is expected to sell just 50 units per month. Prices for the Toyota Century is equivalent to Rs 1.22 crore (19,600,000 yen), inclusive of local taxes.

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Article Published On: Thursday, June 28, 2018, 18:29 [IST]
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