The Crown, as a Toyota model, has been around for more than 60 years. And many of Toyota's successful models have been given names deriving from "crown": Corona (the halo crown around the sun or the moon), Corolla (the petals of a flower as a crown), Camry (from the Japanese word "kanmuri" meaning "crown").We need to confirm with ourselves some facts
In Toyota whole history if there's a FF car and Toyota wants another car with same size but FR they simply do not switch the car instead they create the newly wanted FR
Crown is 65+ years old and it gains a lot of heritage, a heritage can destroy Toyota name altogether in every market especially the markets where the crown already selling until now
Crown always been sold as an executive FR vehicle E/5A6/XF
TMC already had 2 FF in this same size
Killing the Crown is like killing the Land cruiser both have nearly 1 year difference, and killing any of them = killing TMC altogether
Toyota products keep going into the current luxury vibes such as a good building quality and SPORT, HANDLING quality which will never be available in GA-K
Mazda newly i6 will be based on the GA-N and it will have at least 2 Mazda products "6 & CX9" + the Crown and the rumoured Toyota with the newly Mazda i6 taking the role of the Mark-X as a true 3/C competitor
From all those facts above the GA-N is here to stay and Toyota as a brand is going directly to be a Merc, BMW & Audi tier -1 luxury competitor
This already appeared in the newly current gen Yaris, and will be shine with the 13 gen Corolla and 2nd gen Corolla Cross as a true GLA / A competitor, in fact I even start hearing some rumors that Celsior and Soarer names will float to the service again and if and only if this is true, it will mean simply that the new era Toyota will play the role of Lexus but with a lot less MSRP over 10k at least at the beginning comparing to Lexus offers in the respective category and luxury old era Toyota, with Mazda and Subaru playing the current role of let's say ford to Lincoln"the new era Toyota"
That will leads us to how important the GA-N and the Crown
People who grew up in East and Southeast Asia (or visit frequently) cannot miss the Toyota Crown taxis, just like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the quintessential taxi in Germany.
I doubt that we will soon see the end of the Crown as a Toyota vehicle.
Do you mean Daihatsu rather than Suzuki? Daihatsu is owned by Toyota. Other than some small cross-ownership of shares and intention to work together on new technology, Suzuki and Toyota have little in common.So, in this case what will happen to Lexus & Suzuki, as for Lexus it will have a more exclusive and luxury new chapter and for Suzuki it will continue in its current space