Toyota has redesigned its Japan-only Crown Majesta, a model that dates back to the 1950s.

The new Crown Majesta follows the Crown Royal Series and the Crown Athlete, which were redesigned last December. It tops the Toyota brand model line ahead of the domestic launch of the Lexus brand in 2005.

The new Crown Majesta has a 4.3-litre engine and equipment includes a “pre-crash safety” radar systemthat uses a CMOS camera and radar cruise control with a low-speed mode that keeps track of the preceding vehicle.

Automatic transmission with sequential ‘manual’ shift and newly developed air suspension are standard; four wheel drive is optional.

Other available features include Lane-keeping Assist and Night View night vision systems, power trunk lid, smart entry and start technology and a new air cleaning technology called Plasmacluster Ions.

All versions achieve emission levels 75% lower than 2005 standards under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles.

The monthly sales target is 1,000 units.