Chicago Auto Show 2020

Toyota adds a touch of night mischief to a trio of truck and SUV models

There are three new Nightshade Editions in the Toyota lineup.

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Toyota showed off an expanded lineup of its popular Nightshade Special Editions under the bright lights of the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. The midsized Tacoma and full-sized Tundra pickups as well as the full-sized Sequoia sport utility vehicle have gone dark with the upscale Nightshade trim that is currently available on the Corolla sedan, Corolla Hatchback, Camry, 4Runner, and Sienna minivan.

While most Toyota Nightshade models are offered on SE grade versions, the 2021 Nightshade trucks and Sequoia adorn the more luxury-level Limited grade models. The package starts with a slightly-sinister looking black exterior design theme that is punctuated by a darkened chrome grille, black mirror caps and black door handles. Inside are black leather-trimmed seats. All three of the Nightshade trucks can be ordered as two- or four-wheel drive.

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2021 Toyota Tacoma Nightshade Edition

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2021 Toyota Tundra Nightshade Edition

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Each variant has some distinguishing features. The 2021 Tacoma Nightshade rides on Dark Smoke 18-inch alloy wheels and sports a new grille insert design, fog light bezels, and a black exhaust tip.

The 2021 Tundra Nightshade rolls on black wheels and wears a black exhaust tip, while the 2021 Sequoia Nightshade uniquely features darkened chrome badging, body moldings, and lower grille and fog light surrounds.

The Nightshade Editions make an eye-grabbing statement in Midnight Black Metallic or Magnetic Gray Metallic paint jobs. For further customization, the Tacoma and Tundra are also available in Windchill Pearl, and the Tundra can also be ordered in Super White. The Sequoia Nightshade offers Blizzard Pearl as an additional choice.

Toyota is planning to build 5,000 each of the Tacoma and Tundra Nightshade, and 2,500 Sequoia Nightshade.

The automaker has yet to reveal pricing for the models.

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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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