Toyota Unleashes 7 Special Edition Trucks and SUVs at the Chicago Auto Show

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Joel Sam Santhosh

Content Writer February 12, 2020 at 07:32 AM
Toyota has been at the forefront of showcasing new products in 2020 and they have now began showcasing special editions models of their existing cars. Toyota aims to add a bit more oomph with these models and aims to amass bigger sales numbers. Toyota has showcased the special edition models of the Tacoma, Tundra pickup trucks and the 4Runner, Highlander SUVs.

Toyota announced seven special editions for their SUVs and Trucks in 2021 at the Chicago Auto show, and it has got us talking.

The Japanese car manufacturer has been making consumer cars and sports cars for the past 80 plus years. And for a good part of Toyota history, it is the top-selling carmaker in the world. Much like Volvo is known for safety, Toyota is known for its reliability. For 2021, Toyota is bringing seven special editions for its utility vehicles. the cherry on top will include the first-ever Highlander XSE, new Trail Special Editions of the Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner; new Nightshade Special Editions of the Tacoma, Tundra and the Sequoia.

2021 Highlander XSE

XSE stands for Extreme Sports Edition. In Toyota’s words “the XSE badge signals a drive on the sporty side with specially tuned handling suspension, unique exterior styling, and exclusive interior trim.” For 2021 MY, the Highlander SUV is getting the XSE treatment. The XSE edition of the highlander is positioned between the XLE and the Limited grades. The Highlander XSE features a 3.5 liter V6 teamed with an 8-Speed automatic transmission. The 3.5 Liter V6 produces 295hp. The XSE will be available with either front-wheel drive or dynamic torque-vectoring All-Wheel Drive. 

The Highlander XSE also gets a makeover to set it apart from its brethren. The front fascia, grille, and lower spoiler are designed to give the car an aggressive stance. The aggressive treatment doesn’t end there the XSE features an exclusive machined-faced 20-inch wheel with black accents, higher-rate springs, and rear stabilizer bar, and the shock absorbers have been re-tuned for lower friction. The steering has also been re-tuned for a sportier steering feel. All these specially calibrated parts boost handling agility for the XSE.

2020 Toyota Highlander XSE

The interior of the Highlander XSE rocks black Softex-trimmed seats as standard and two-tone red and black leather-trimmed interior with a red-stitched instrument panel. The XSE is capable of connecting to any devices with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa compatibility, as well. It also offers an optional Premium Audio 1200-Watt, 11-speaker JBL sound system with dynamic navigation.

Toyota estimates 12-percent Highlander sales will be XSE, courtesy of these upgrades and superb reliability. The Pricing information is yet to be announced, but the XSE will arrive in dealer showrooms this fall. We expect the price of the XSE to be between $40,000 and $45,000. Prices on the 2020 Toyota Highlander range from $34,600 for the L up to $46,850 for the range-topping Platinum model.

Limited Run Trail Editions of the Tacoma and Tundra Pickup and 4Runner SUV

The limited Run Trail Editions are focused on buyers who participate in outdoor activities like camping, fishing, and hiking. The Trail Edition gives emphasis on extra storage and convenience, with unique styling and exclusive content added for good measure. Trails are based on the SR5 grade models, and they also offer the choice of 2WD or 4WD. The Tacoma Trail is built on the SR5 Double Cab, and the Tundra Trail is based on the SR5 CrewMax.

All Trails feature black exterior badging, plus black seating with tan stitching. In all versions, standard all-weather floor liners. Each Trail model has its own unique set of upgrades:

Tacoma Trail Edition Features

  • Dark Gray 18-inch TRD Off-Road wheels
  • Kevlar All-Terrain tires
  • grille from the Tacoma Limited 
  • A 115-volt power outlet in the bed
  • lockable bed storage includes insulation on the driver side to double as a cooler

Tundra Trail Edition Features

  • bold chrome grille from the top-of-line Tundra 1794 Edition
  • special-edition wheels
  • lockable bed storage includes insulation on the driver side to work as a cooler.

4Runner Trail Edition Features

  • dark gray TRD Off-Road wheels
  • Yakima LoadWarrior rooftop cargo basket
  • sliding cargo tray
  • 4Runner boasts a custom 40-quart cooler
  • Lockable lid
  • Freezer-grade gasket to provide an air-tight seal and keep ice frozen for up to seven days
  • Tie-down straps and special brackets on the sliding rear cargo tray to safely secure the cooler while driving
  • Two heavy-duty latches with integrated bottle openers
  • Two durable, ergonomic carry handles
  • Large built-in drain plug with lanyard
  • A flat top to allow the cooler to act as a table surface or an outdoor seat
The Interiors of the Trail Edition Models feel Plush and Upmarket

The Trails will be available in Army Green, Cement, Midnight Black, and Super White colors. The Trail editions will be limited to 7,000 Tacomas, 5,000 Tundras, and 4,000 4Runners. The Trail Editions will be available at your nearest dealer this summer. 

The pricing information for the Trail Editions is yet to be announced. Nonetheless, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Double Cab, on which the Trail Edition will be based, is priced from $27,825 and the 2020 Toyota Tundra priced from $33,575 for the base Tundra SR5. The Trail Edition of 4Runner appears to be close in spec to the current Venture Edition model which is priced from $44,385.

Limited Run Nightshade Editions of the Tacoma and Tundra pickups and the Sequoia SUV

While most Toyota Nightshade models are based on SE grade versions, the 2021 Nightshade pickups and Sequoia are built on the more luxurious Limited grade models. The Nightshade features black leather-trim seating and slightly sinister-looking black exterior trim, including a darkened chrome grille, black mirror caps and black door handles. All of the Nightshades offer a choice between two-wheel drive and the four-wheel-drive layouts.

The Tacoma Nightshade is also distinguished by Dark Smoke 18-inch alloy wheels, black exhaust tip, and fog light bezels, and new grille design insert. The Tundra Nightshade has black wheels and exhaust tip, while the Sequoia Nightshade uniquely features darkened chrome ‘Sequoia’ badging, body moldings, and lower grille and fog light surround. The Nightshade Editions will be available at the dealers from the fall of this year. Toyota has already launched the TRD version of the Sequoia for the performance loving crop of people.

Seems like Toyota has taken the phrase "Back in Black" seriously with the Nightshade edition

Toyota is planning to build 5,000 each of the Tacoma and Tundra Nightshade, and 2,500 Sequoia Nightshade. The pricing For the Nightshades is yet to be announced. 2020 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Double Cab Limited on which the Nightshade will be based is priced at $38,790. the 2020 Tundra Limited is priced at $42,270 and 2020 Sequoia Limited is priced from $58,990. 

The top-selling brand is planning to keep its market shares, and the Special Editions will make sure they do so. We can expect improved performance, servility, and reliability from these Special Editions. 2021 is looking to be a good year for anyone in the market for a utility vehicle.

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