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Toyota launches redesigned Century sedan in Japan

ABR Staff Writer Published 25 June 2018

Toyota Motor has launched the new third generation Century sedan in Japan, which sees its first full redesign in 21 years.

The redesigned Century will be available across the country. Century first debuted in 1967 and was released to commemorate the 100th birthday of Toyota Group founder Sakichi Toyoda.

The third generation Century as been designed keeping in mind the concepts of legacy and evolution.

It is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 hybrid engine that is claimed to offer smooth ride. The engine gives a power output of 280kW or 381PS at 6200 rpm and its torque is 510Nm or 52kgf/m at 4,000 rpm.

The motor, on the other hand gives an output of 165kW or 224 PS along with 300Nm or 30.6kgf/m of torque. The engine and the motor combined will give an output of 317kW or 431PS. The motor is powered by Nickel-metal hydride battery.

Toyota stated that the new vehicle is equipped with advanced safety features including Toyota Safety Sense. It also features a Blind Spot Monitor to detect oncoming vehicles in adjacent lanes and Parking Support Alert, which helps in parking by detecting the surrounding conditions.

Some of Toyota Safety Sense functions include Pre-Collision System (PCS), which helps prevent and lessen collisions with vehicles and pedestrians ahead.

There is a Lane Departure Alert (LDA) system that uses a warning buzzer and display to alert the driver when the vehicle is about to deviate from its lane and includes a steer assist capability.

The on-board Radar Cruise Control with All-speed Tracking function can help in maintaining distance from the vehicles ahead.

The Adaptive High Beam System (AHS) can shield against excess light from oncoming vehicles and can automatically turn the high beams on and off.

The vehicle also comes with an HELPNET, an automatic emergency reporting system that is activated if the airbag is deployed. In such cases, the HELPNET system operator will contact authorities including police fire departments.

Image: New Toyota Century. Photo: Courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation.