Over the years, Toyota has evolved into a rather budget and, in the last few years, a quirky brand with its new design language. But here is one car that carries all of Toyota’s legacy and heritage comfortable on its broad shoulders – the Toyota Century.
The Toyota Century is a limousine, an exquisite luxury saloon in the league of the Mercedes S-Class, the BMW 7 Series or the Jaguar XJ L. But while these saloons have given in to the modern cues of styling, the Century still harks back to the 20th and sports a good blend of Cadillac and Rolls-Royce fused together.
The straight cut lines and the almost vertical front grille with the retro-LED headlamps complete the fascia. The profile is a typical four-part twin-cab sedan silhouette with the thick C-Pillar stamping status into the design. When you open the doors, the wood and wool interior engulfs you in the classy cabin. Yes. Wool and not leather.
The two seats in the back are adjustable and come with leg-room that would make Yao Ming proud. You have massaging seats, 20-speaker music system, a display screen for the rear passengers, a host of AC controls and also a foldable writing table.
Under the hood, instead of the 5.7-litre guzzler of a V8, you have a 5.0-litre V8 mated to batteries and motors to make a greener powertrain. It is 2017 and the Century, despite its Elvis looks, is laden with all the modern tech including blind-spot warnings, adaptive cruise control, et al.
It is to make its public debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. So, stay tuned to get more dope on the all-new Toyota Century.