Sumo Wrestlers Put Toyota’s Latest Luxury SUV to the Challenge

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Toyota’s new luxury SUV getting put to the test by sumo wrestlers

Toyota has introduced a convertible variant of its recently unveiled flagship, the Century SUV, assigning it the unique role of serving as a conveyance for sumo wrestlers. The convertible concept was initially hinted at in September 2023 during the Century SUV’s debut.

The Japan Sumo Association has confirmed that the Century convertible will be featured in its upcoming parade for sumo wrestlers later this year. A video from the organization showcases the second row, adorned with a spacious bench seat enveloped in light cream-colored leather. Notably, the floor exhibits a raised step crafted from a suede-like fabric. While seat belts for passengers are absent, handles on the back of the front seats are visible in the footage.

Sumo Wrestlers Put Toyota's Latest Luxury SUV to the Challenge
Sumo Wrestlers Put Toyota’s Latest Luxury SUV to the Challenge (Credits: Car Expert)

The video and Toyota’s September launch presentation slides did not provide a glimpse of the SUV’s roof. Toyota has meticulously designed the Century SUV, offering various customizable options to ensure each model is distinctive. This exclusive vehicle will be available solely in Japan through selected dealerships, with a designated “Meister” overseeing sales. The Meister will engage with each customer, tailoring the car to meet their specific standards.

Positioned as a contender against luxury SUVs like the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Bentayga, the Century SUV carries a price tag of ¥25 million (approximately A$265,000). Initially intended for the Japanese market, there is no confirmation of its availability in Australia, despite Toyota Australia trademarking the Century name locally in December 2023.

Under the hood, the Century SUV is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain, generating a total system output of 303kW. This power is channeled through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) equipped with an eFour all-wheel-drive system. Toyota asserts an electric range of up to 69km on the Japanese WLTC test cycle, with an average hybrid fuel consumption of 7.0L/100km when the battery is depleted.

Measuring 5205mm in length, 1990mm in width, and 1805mm in height, with a 2950mm wheelbase, the four-seat Century SUV is distinct from its five-seat sedan counterpart, being 130mm shorter, 60mm wider and 300mm taller.


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