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2020 Toyota Corolla getting the Nightshade treatment

Toyota is now selling blacked out editions of their popular Corolla sedan.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Darkness is falling upon the Toyota Corolla. For the 2020 model year, Toyota is giving the world's best-selling car an available black-out Nightshade Edition package.

Based on the Corolla SE with a continuously variable transmission, the Corolla Nightshade features blacked-out Toyota, Corolla, and SE badging as well as a black grille surround, black-painted rocker panels, black heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, black window trim, and black outside door handles. At the back is a black spoiler and lower diffuser area. The car rides on blacked-out 18-inch alloy wheels and a black roof-mounted shark fin antenna.

The Corolla Hatchback Nightshade is based on the SE trim level. Its features list includes blacked-out 18-inch alloy wheels, a black lower front rocker, black door handles, black mirrors caps, black side rockers, a black shark fin antenna, a black factory spoiler, a black rear lower spoiler, and black rear exhaust diffusers. The headlamps with have a black headlamp inner frame and the Toyota and SE grade badging are also blacked out.

2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade Edition

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade Edition

The Nightshade Edition package is available on cars with select paint jobs.

The Corolla sedan Nightshade Edition has a starting MSRP of $22,750. The Corolla Hatchback Nightshade Edition starts at $22,290.

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Toyota's ready to make a big announcement.

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Auto Shanghai has another surprise in store. Toyota will debut an electrified vehicle next week and ahead of that moment, the company has leaked teaser photos and video featuring the model on its social media channels.

One of the posts, available on Twitter and Instagram, showcases the vehicle and a series of conceptual, perhaps inspirational, related items. A light shines as a reflection in an eye. A design on paper leads to a math equation. A laser, perhaps a plasma cutter, is focused on an object. Watch the see the rest.


It passes by quickly, but in there is the shape of a crossover. We've captured the moment in a still photo below so you can take a longer look. From the body design quickly shown here, the SUV is shaped more like the Toyota Venza than the Toyota RAV4. The key here is the rear side window, which is more triangular, like the Venza, than the squared-off RAV4''s.

202 The shape of the vehicle is similar to the Toyota Venza.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota Venza EV

The face of the vehicle, shown in another social media post (this time on Instagram) and at the top of this article, shows a pared back vehicle face. The height of the vehicle confirms that it's in fact a crossover body style.

We do know that Subaru and Toyota have been working on an electric SUV for a while. While Subaru is likely calling the vehicle "Evoltis" there's some indication that Toyota may be reviving the "Celica" name for the EV. Batteries, after all, are made up of cells.

As of right now, we have to take the wait-and-see approach. One thing's for sure. We'll know more next week.

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The 2022 Lexus ES will debut next week.

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The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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