The 2022 Toyota Crown Kluger is essentially a fancier Highlander | Cars in China

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Mitsubishi Eclipse and Ford Mustang are not the only legendary names to make SUV mistakes because Toyota's long-standing "Crown" is also being considered a sport utility vehicle. We initially caught wind of a potential Crown-based SUV in November 2020 when a Japanese magazine reported on the controversial move, saying it would be based on the Highlander.

Toyota's 'Crown' is one of the oldest brands in the automotive industry. It was introduced back in 1955 and is currently in its fifteenth generation. Now, it looks like the Japanese manufacturer is planning to add an SUV to the Crown lineup, which will be named Crown Kluger.

Yes, that's the Crown logo on the Highlander. It comes from a local joint venture with FAW as a premium version of the Toyota-branded regular Highlander available from a partnership with GAC. Known fully as the Crown Kluger, the three-row SUV will remain a China-only offering to effectively serve as a more premium alternative to the standard Highlander.

Compared to the Highlander US-Spec, the Crown Kluger is slightly longer and taller, although the wheelbase and length are the same. Other details revealed by MIIT include curb weight (2,000 kg), wheel size (18-inch alloys).

Toyota takes a similar approach with the smaller RAV4 sold by FAW while a slightly different looking version called the Wildlander is also available from GAC. Volkswagen is also doing the same with the ID.6 X / ID.6 Crozz also on display at Auto Shanghai under an agreement with partners SAIC and FAW in China.

Returning to the Crown-branded SUV, Toyota is keeping the specs private for now, only to mention that it has a hybrid powertrain shared with the standard Highlander. When the plus side of the two SUVs is deemed to be similar by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the accompanying specification sheet shows it to be slightly longer and taller than the American model while having a width and the wheelbase is identical.

Documents shared by MIIT have revealed the Crown Kluger with a 2.5-liter hybrid petrol engine producing 189 hp. That makes it significantly less powerful than the North American and European versions with their combined 243hp, meaning the CN-spec model has a different electrified setup. The local model weighs just under 2,000 kilograms (4,409 pounds) and rides on 18-inch wheels.

While a Toyota Crown SUV is a bit of a shock, remember there was once a Crown pickup truck (1962-1971) and body styles other than traditional sedans, including coupes and wagons. Perhaps the SUV treatment is inevitable given current market trends, although we're pretty sure some will consider this decision wishful thinking.

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