Toyota Introducing Blacked Versions of Camry and Highlander

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
toyota introducing blacked versions of camry and highlander

Toyota will be unveiling blackened versions of the Camry and Highlander at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, indicating that we’re one step closer to the trend ending. Factories started adopting the “murdered-out” look a few years ago after the movement gained steam in the aftermarket. Now it’s cropping up on the most mainstream of models.

Officially, the Japanese automaker claimed its newest Nightshade Editions are “preempting the earlier sunset associated with the end of Daylight Savings Time.” But we know they’re primarily an opportunity to markup existing models by adding a few darkened bits of trim. However, you’re unlikely to mind if you’re interested in conveying a more-sinister image on the road.

The Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Edition debuted roughly a month ago and looks rather handsome in gray. But you’ll likely be mistaken for a government agent in either black or white paint. This is also appears to be the case for the Highlander, albeit to a lesser degree. Available on the SE trim, Toyota’s appearance package adds black accents to the exterior door handles, and mirror caps, rear spoiler, shark fin antenna. Accompanying black 19-inch wheels, complete with black lug nuts, will match the black headlights and fog lamps.

On the other hand, the Nightshade Edition of the Camry gives it a distinctively sporty look in all hues. But it also changes the vehicle’s overall image to a lesser degree, since Toyota’s sedan wasn’t particularly chrome heavy to begin with. You’ll notice the biggest difference on models dressed in something other than black paint. However it’s only available in Midnight Black Metallic, Celestial Silver, or Super White.

Additions include blackened mirror caps, window molding, spoiler, antenna, door handles, and exterior badging. The Camry also comes with black 18-inch wheels and and darkened headlights. As with the Highlander, the appearance package is only available on the SE trim.

The Highlander Nightshade Special Edition will be available this January in a limited run of 5,000 total units, available in Midnight Black Metallic, Predawn Gray Mica, Salsa Red Pearl, and Blizzard Pearl. Camry variants are expected to follow suit immediately afterward.

[Images: Toyota]

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  • SilverCoupe SilverCoupe on Nov 05, 2018

    My wife has a blacked out Mini Cooper S. Black car, black wheels, black tinted windows. Her brother calls it the Amish Mini. Not particularly frightening.

    • Slavuta Slavuta on Nov 05, 2018

      Amish minis are beautiful - tall, black, black tail, black hoofs.

  • MrAnnoyingDude MrAnnoyingDude on Nov 08, 2018

    Will make a cool Down On The Junkyard in 2035.

  • FreedMike This article fails to mention that Toyota is also investing heavily in solid state battery tech - which would solve a lot of inherent EV problems - and plans to deploy it soon. course, Toyota being Toyota, it will use the tech in hybrids first, which is smart - that will give them the chance to iron out the wrinkles, so to speak. But having said that, I’m with Toyota here - I’m not sold on an all EV future happening anytime soon. But clearly the market share for these vehicles has nowhere to go but up; how far up depends mainly on charging availability. And whether Toyota’s competitors are all in is debatable. Plenty of bet-hedging is going on among makers in the North American market.
  • Jeff S I am not against EVs but I completely understand Toyota's position. As for Greenpeace putting Toyota at the bottom of their environmental list is more drama. A good hybrid uses less gas, is cleaner than most other ICE, and is more affordable than most EVs. Prius has proven longevity and low maintenance cost. Having had a hybrid Maverick since April and averaging 40 to 50 mpg in city driving it has been smooth driving and very economical. Ford also has very good hybrids and some of the earlier Escapes are still going strong at 300k miles. The only thing I would have liked in my hybrid Maverick would be a plug in but it didn't come with it. If Toyota made a plug in hybrid compact pickup like the Maverick it would sell well. I would consider an EV in the future but price, battery technology, and infrastructure has to advance and improve. I don't buy a vehicle based on the recommendation of Greenpeace, as a status symbol, or peer pressure. I buy a vehicle on what best needs my needs and that I actually like.
  • Mobes Kind of a weird thing that probably only bothers me, but when you see someone driving a car with ball joints clearly about to fail. I really don't want to be around a car with massive negative camber that's not intentional.
  • Jeff S How reliable are Audi? Seems the Mazda, CRV, and Rav4 in the higher trim would not only be a better value but would be more reliable in the long term. Interior wise and the overall package the Mazda would be the best choice.
  • Pickles69 They have a point. All things (or engines/propulsion) to all people. Yet, when the analogy of being, “a department store,” of options is used, I shudder. Department stores are failing faster than any other retail. Just something to chew on.