toyota unveils its new saloon car, the ‘century’ at the 45th tokyo motor show 2017, and slates its official release for mid 2018. the third generation of the automobile carries on the tradition of craftsmanship and high-quality monozukuri (all-encompassing manufacturing) while realizing high-demand environmental performance, and a design layout that pursues absolute passenger comfort. the interior and exterior design injects a new look into the ‘century’ in-line with its heritage, while featuring advanced equipment and comfort amenities only suitable for a luxury limousine.
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the exterior of the toyota ‘century’ is highlighted by traditional japanese design elements used throughout the car including the grille and black trim on the rear combination lamps. the interior features a raised ‘ceiling2’ design 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. the japanes-automaker’s saloon is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 hybrid system to deliver first class 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 heritage of the ‘century’ can be seen from the front of the vehicle where the grille, lamps, and other elements blend together to create 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 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.
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. it comes 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. 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 utilize horizontal heather-patterned upholstery that emphasizes space. 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.
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