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Toyota Nightshade lineup adding new members for 2021 model year

Toyota offers numerous vehicles with blacked out elements, sold under the Nightshade edition name.

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

And then there were 10. Reporting by Cars Direct indicates that Toyota will be adding a CH-R and Avalon Nightshade editions to the company's portfolio for the 2021 model year.

No details regarding the specifics of the models are currently available.

Nightshade edition vehicles traditionally feature black and dark chrome in the usual places - spoiler, wheels, mirror caps, and trim pieces. There's usually unique stitching on the interior of these vehicles that helps set them apart.

2021 Toyota Nightshade Family Toyota looks to be adding two new models to the Nightshade family lineup.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

These blacked out models are increasing with automakers nationwide. By manufacturers they're often seen as a way to entice younger customers and keep aftermarket sales in-house, with relatively little overhead cost for development or production.

Last September, Toyota announced that the 2020 Corolla sedan and hatchback models were getting a Nightshade variant.

Earlier this year, Toyota showed off an expanded lineup of its popular Nightshade Special Editions under the lights of the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. Nightshade versions of the midsized Tacoma and full-sized Tundra pickups as well as the full-sized Sequoia sport utility vehicle were added to a Nightshade lineup that already included the, Camry, 4Runner, and Sienna minivan.

A similar design motif was given to the 2020 Prius 2020 special edition, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Prius.

All current Nightshade editions in the Toyota lineup are based on their respective vehicles' SE grade.

Toyota isn't the only automaker getting in on the action. Nissan has offered their Midnight Editions for years while Chevrolet sees the treatments as part of a larger success story consisting of offering a wide variety of packages to customers. Honda recently introduced its 2020 Pilot Special Edition, which delivers many similar treatments ahead of the model's generational redesign.

If you're more in the market for performance rather than just looks, Toyota offers the Camry and Avalon TRD, which deliver performance-focused equipment under the body of a vehicle with black accents.

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The Bronze Edition model builds on the XLE trim.

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The Toyota Highlander entered its fourth generation for the 2020 model year, which brought sleek style, updated tech, and a premium-look interior. A new XSE trim joined the lineup for 2021, and for 2022, Toyota is adding a new hybrid-only Bronze Edition trim.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition adds useful features, such as a hands-free power liftgate.toyota

The new Bronze Edition Highlander builds on the XLE trim with:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Memory driver's seat with 10-way power adjustments
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Toyota notes that the Bronze Edition previews features that will show up with the greater 2022 Highlander release. Among them are the new Wind Chill Pearl color, which replaces Blizzard Pearl from the previous model, and height/tilt passenger seat adjustments.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Highlander is a supremely comfortable SUV with room for the family.Toyota

The Highlander carries on into 2022 with a standard 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. A Highlander Hybrid is available, which mates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Combined system output is 243 horsepower. With the V6 on board, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition is available for Highlander Hybrid models.Toyota

All 2022 Highlander models get Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, road sign assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, lane tracing assist, a sway warning system, and automatic high beams. Those features and the Highlander's excellent crash testing scores were good enough for the SUV to earn a Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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New luxury full-size SUV

All-new 2022 Lexus LX 600 will be here soon

The new LX will go on sale in early 2022.

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The Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX are among the most revered off-road vehicles of all time. Even so, Toyota is cutting the Land Cruiser in the U.S. after the 2021 model year due to slow sales. We will see its twin, however, as the 2022 Lexus LX was just announced. The full-size SUV will go on sale in the first quarter of 2022 and will bring all two new trims, more intuitive tech, and updated but familiar exterior styling.

2022 Lexus LX The new LX gets a twin-turbo V6 instead of a big V8, and its new platform shaves weight while improving rigidity.Lexus

The 2022 Lexus LX 600 comes in five trims: Standard, Premium, Luxury, F Sport, and Ultra Luxury. The new Ultra Luxury trim cuts the number of seats to four by replacing the rear bench with a pair of plush reclining captain's chairs. A rear entertainment system and large rear center console complete the top-level trim. Also new for 2022 is the LX F Sport, which brings Lexus' sharp appearance package to the LX for the first time. The F Sport gets exclusive 22-inch wheels, aggressive exterior styling, and sport seats with unique color schemes.

The LX is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that produces 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. The body-on-frame SUV rides on an all-new GA-F platform that Lexus says is 20 percent more rigid than that of the previous model. Lexus also carved 441 pounds out of the previous LX's platform weight.

2022 Lexus LX The LX is available in five trims, including a new top Premium Luxury model. Lexus

A new Active Height Control (AHC) system and adaptive suspension provide stability and a comfortable ride while retaining the LX's off-road capabilities. AHC allows the driver to select from three ride heights depending on the situation, and a low setting is available for entering and exiting the vehicle. Three wheel sizes are available, and the F Sport trim comes with a Torsen limited-slip differential.

Lexus updated the LX's cabin for 2022 with new infotainment system and a cleaner, more upscale design. A new dual-screen infotainment system is standard. The top 12.3-inch touchscreen handles audio and infotainment duties, while the lower 7.0-inch touchscreen is used for climate controls and related settings. The LX also gets Lexus' new infotainment software, which promises to be more intuitive and simpler than previous systems. Over-the-air updates will bring new features and update existing functionality, while voice controls can command audio, navigation, phone, and other vehicle settings.

2022 Lexus LX Ultra Luxury trim reduces seating capacity to four but makes the LX's cabin seriously plush.Lexus

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