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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 2023 Sequoia is all-new and a huge improvement over its predecessor.

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The Toyota Tundra and Sequoia were two of the oldest vehicles on the market, but that's all different now. The new Tundra is already on the streets, and today Toyota released a load of specs and details on the all-new 2023 Sequoia. The full-size SUV gets a major update for the new model year with completely fresh styling, impressive new tech, and a powerful standard engine. We don't have pricing details yet, but Toyota says the 2023 Sequoia will be available starting in summer 2022.

2023 Toyota Sequoia In addition to new styling, the SUV gets a twin-turbo hybrid V6 powertrain and a load of updated tech.Toyota

Five trims of the Texas-built SUV will be offered: SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Capstone. All 2023 Sequoia models get the impressive twin-turbo V6 hybrid i-Force Max engine from the all-new Tundra. It makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque, and sends it to the rear or all four wheels through a ten-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain delivers a max towing rating of up to 9,000 pounds, which is a solid number and a massive increase over the previous Sequoia.

Toyota offers automatic-leveling air suspension and adaptive suspension settings with modes for Comfort, Sport S+, and Custom. The Sport drive modes also improve throttle response and changes transmission shift points. The electric motor handles most propulsion duties below 18 mph, but after that the gas engine steps in. The motor is constantly involved when the truck is in Tow/Haul mode.

2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro models get under-body cladding and beefier tires.Toyota

Similar to the high-end treatment given to the Tundra, Toyota will offer a Capstone trim for the new Sequoia that brings unique upholstery and trim materials, 22-inch chrome wheels, power side steps, American Walnut inlays, and more. That said, even the standard Sequoia SR5 offers plenty of standard gear. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is standard, along with heated seats and more. An available Premium Package adds an enormous 14-inch infotainment display, power third-row seats, a hands-free liftgate, and additional power outlets.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 will also be standard for the SUV. The system includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and daytime cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and rear seat reminders. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts is also standard.

2023 Toyota Sequoia The new Capstone trim is a super-plush trim with an interior rivaling those in many luxury brands.

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Toyota teases new SUV that could be updated Sequoia

The teaser image gives zero detail on the new SUV.

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Toyota recently retook the title of world’s largest automaker and has its sights set on refreshing some of its oldest models. The Tundra full-size pickup truck got the treatment late last year, and now we’re seeing teases of a new SUV from the auto giant. The image, released yesterday, is likely of a new Sequoia, which is based on the Tundra and is equally as overdue for a refresh.

2022 Toyota Sequoia If the tease is of a new Sequoia, it will replace the 15-year-old current-generation model.Toyota

After 15 years or so on sale in its current form, the Sequoia is old enough to earn a learner’s permit of its own at this point. All of its competitors offer newer and more intuitive technology, a larger variety of advanced safety gear, and more efficient powertrains. In the teaser, we can see a sharply chiseled rear quarter panel and shapely tail lights, but not much else. If it is a Sequoia, the styling marks a significant shift in the SUV’s outward appearance.

The shadowy image is the only tidbit Toyota has shared so far, but we can draw some information from the recently released Toyota Tundra pickup truck, with which the Sequoia typically shares a platform and powertrain elements. The all-new 2022 Tundra dropped the 5.7-liter V8 that powered it for years, in favor of a pair of twin-turbo V6 engines, one of which is a hybrid. That means we could see a new Sequoia with the same engines, delivering up to 479 horsepower.

2022 Toyota Sequoia We're likely to see a TRD off-road oriented model.Toyota

The new full-size SUV will likely also get some of the tech updates that Toyota bestowed upon the new Tundra. That could mean up to a 14-inch infotainment touchscreen with a new, more intuitive user interface and over-the-air updates. Refreshed safety features are almost certainly on the list of Sequoia changes as well.

Toyota hasn’t nailed down an official reveal date or any other information for the new SUV, but has said that more details are coming soon.

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