2018 Toyota Century

The 2018 Toyota Century is a 5.0-litre V8 hybrid we won’t get in the UK

2018 Toyota CenturyUK readers, you’d be forgiven for not knowing what the Toyota Century is. It’s the firm’s Japan-only flagship car, bigger than a Lexus LS and a rival to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It’s also unashamedly old-fashioned – even in 2018 guise, revealed today ahead of its official debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.

As you’d expect for the size of it, there’s plenty of space inside the Toyota Century. Heather-patterned upholstery “emphasises horizontal space,” apparently, while the seats are made out of 100 percent wool. There even to be net curtains offering a degree of privacy in the rear.

A writing table provides somewhere for Japanese businessmen to work, while a reading light, rear seat entertainment system and 20-inch speaker premium audio system all add to the interior ambiance.

While we suspect this a car to be driven in rather than drive yourself, we’re still interested in what’s under the bonnet. It’s gone all modern with its hybrid system… except the electric motor is paired with a 5.0-litre petrol V8. Horsepower or performance figures are yet to be confirmed – we’re certainly intrigued.

Fuel economy figures are yet to be confirmed, too, but Toyota does say it’s in pursuit of the lowest fuel consumption in its class.

That’s about all we know so far, but it’s safe to speculate that the chance of it making it to the UK is somewhere between zero and a diesel Prius. Prices in Japan are expected to be close to the outgoing model’s 12.53 million yen – that’s around £85,000 in UK money.

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