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2021 Toyota TRD Pro lineup gets a new coat and boots, 4Runner receives additional upgrades

The Toyota 4Runner is getting additional upgrades for 2021.

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Toyota is replacing its Army Green exterior option with a new coat of paint - Lunar Rock. The color is designed to turn heads and will only be available on the 2021 TRD Pro lineup.

Currently, Toyota sells TRD Pro versions of the Sequoia, 4Runnner, Tundra, and Tacoma.That trim level adds Toyota's top-tier off-roading technology to vehicles traditionally meant for more on-road use. They also feature unique styling. TRD Pro was first introduced in 2014.

2021 Toyota TRD Pro Lineup: 4Runner

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For 2021, several Toyota models have gotten upgrades or new variants, like the Trail edition, as the company works to bridge the gap in new product in their lineup. Toyota recently announced an expansion of their popular blacked out Nightshade model roster.

The company also has debuted a redesigned Sienna minivan and reintroduced the Venza in the last few months. The Toyota Highlander XSE is also new for 2021. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 delivers more driver assist and safety technology across the lineup.

The 2021 4Runner will have standard LED headlights for the first time. 4Runner Limited, Nightshade, and TRD Pro will also receive LED high beams. LED fog lights will be standard in all 4Runner models.

Toyota is also giving the 4Runner TRD Pro fresh footwear in the form of standard Nitto Terra Grappler tires.The tires are stronger and more aggressive looking. Additionally, the 4Runner TRD Pro is now equipped with re-tuned 2.5-inch Fox Internal Bypass Shocks, which are paired with TRD-tuned coil springs at the front. At the rear, the shocks feature piggyback-style remote reservoirs to maintain damping performance in the most demanding off-road terrain.

Toyota is beginning to roll out 2021 models onto dealership lots now. More will be become available as supply lines open back up following stagnation related to the global coronavirus lockdown.

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New hot hatch

Toyota teases GR Corolla hatchback

The Instagram teaser contains many hints at the new GR Corolla.

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Toyota isn't always top of mind when it comes to performance cars, but the Japanese giant has a few tricks up its sleeve. There's the Supra, which the automaker partnered with BMW to produce and there's also the not-for-the-U.S. GR Yaris. The hotted-up hatchback features tremendous power and a four-wheel drive system, but buyers here can only watch jealously as our friends in Europe and elsewhere get all the fun. That's about to change for U.S. buyers, however, as Toyota has begun teasing the GR Corolla hatchback, which we will get.

The automaker posted a cryptic image to Instagram a month ago, but it's still making the rounds on the internet today, with users of the GR Corolla Forum still discussing the post today. The teaser, which is of the Corolla's interior, features hints as to what we might see when the car debuts. The navigation screen shows GR Four road, which points to the car's four-wheel drive system, while a G:16 on the clock in the gauge cluster represents the G16E-GTS engine that the car is expected to get. The GR Yaris also sports that engine, where it produces 268 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

Toyota GR Corolla GR, or Gazoo Racing, is Toyota's motorsport armToyota Europe

The GR Corolla should break cover next year, but we don't yet know if it will be a 2022 or 2023 model. As far as pricing goes, Toyota may pull out some surprises, but the car will likely be far more expensive than an everyday Corolla. The smaller GR Yaris is priced starting at nearly $40,000 in Europe, so the Corolla's price tag should be around or slightly above that number.

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The CX-50 features body cladding and rugged styling.

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Mazda's got a busy 2021 and 2022 as it gears up to release several new vehicles. The first is almost here, and today the automaker shared preliminary details. The CX-50 is an all-new SUV that shares a platform with the Mazda 3 and CX-30.

2023 Mazda CX-50 Production begins in January 2022. Mazda

At first, the CX-50 will be offered with Mazda's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, one of which is turbocharged, but electrified powertrain options will join the lineup down the road, including a traditional hybrid. Both gas engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. A new drive mode select system is also standard that allows the driver to change the CX-50's behavior to match road and driving conditions such as towing and off-roading.

2023 Mazda CX-50 A new drive mode selection feature allows the driver to change vehicle behavior. Mazda

The new SUV's styling is a departure from the norm for Mazda, whose typical designs are sleek and elegant but far from rugged. That changes with the CX-50. Mazda installed beefy fender flares, body cladding, and a chunky front bumper that make the SUV look ready for the trail. New colors debut with the CX-50 as well, including Zircon Sand for the exterior and a terracotta upholstery option for the interior. The SUV will be the first Mazda to be offered with a panoramic sunroof.

2023 Mazda CX-50 New color schemes are available for both the interior and exterior. Mazda

We don't have full pricing or options details yet, but Mazda says that the CX-50 will be built at the facility in Huntsville, Alabama that it shares with Toyota. Production is scheduled for January 2022.

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