After the Crown received the SUV treatment, Toyota is putting stilts on an even more prestigious model. Simply known as the Century, the new luxobarge is Japan's Rolls-Royce Cullinan and might end up being even more exclusive since the sales projection is of only 30 units per month. It's far more luxurious than any Toyota/Lexus SUV before it but it's also the most expensive. It costs 25,000,000 JPY, which works out to approximately £135,000.

The boxy SUV with split horizontal lights à la Genesis is imposingly large, measuring 5,205 millimetres (197.8 inches) long, 1,990 mm (78.3 in) wide, and 1,805 mm (71 in) tall. It's shorter but wider than the Century saloon and only seats four instead of five. It boasts a generous wheelbase of 2,950 mm (116.1 in) and tips the scales at a hefty 2,570 kilograms (5,665 pounds).

2024 Toyota Century SUV

Getting in and out of those posh rear seats should be a breeze since there are grab handles on the C-pillars, electrically deployable side steps, and rear doors that open to a 75-degree angle. Alternatively, there are MPV-like electric sliding rear doors – as shown during the presentation on a rather interesting GR-badged variant.

Just like the stately sedan, it eschews the Toyota badge in favour of the more prestigious phoenix emblem found at the front and rear as well as on the elegant multi-spoke wheels.

Underpinning the Century SUV is the ubiquitous TNGA platform but with upgrades made to the body's torsional rigidity and other improvements to boost ride comfort. Toyota installs clear laminated glass on the cabin side of the cargo space separator so that people relaxing on the fully reclining seats don't hear any noises coming from the cargo area. In addition, there's a Rear Comfort mode that once enabled, distributes the driving and braking force in such a way as not to disturb rear occupants.

At the heart of the new Century is a plug-in hybrid powertrain based around a 3.5-litre V6 engine with a CVT and all-wheel drive thanks to a rear-mounted electric motor. Featuring a combined output of 406 bhp (303 kilowatts), it matches that of the Lexus TX 550h+ but we’re fairly certain some would’ve wanted the 5.0-litre V8 of the saloon. By the way, the second generation of the saloon was Toyota's only V12 production model ever.

The model will be sold at select dealers in Japan, and Toyota plans to expand the model's customisability to truly one-of-a-kind builds. Don't worry, the Century saloon will remain on sale.