This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the rumor, but it’s becoming more believable as Nikkei is reporting the model could be unveiled as early as this August. It goes on to say that the Century SUV could be based on the Highlander that’s sold in North America and feature a hybrid powertrain. This suggests it could get Toyota’s new Hybrid Max Powertrain that’s also found in the Crown pairing front and rear electric motors with a four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine producing at least 340 horses.
The report goes on to say the luxury SUV will be built at the company’s Tahara plant, which traditionally builds Lexus vehicles. The publication added the model will be positioned above the Land Cruiser and is “expected to be in at least the mid-10 million yen range.” 15,000,000 yen is the equivalent of $113,085 and the model will reportedly be aimed at “wealthy people overseas” as well as government officials.