Toyota USA has just released a teaser video with the accompanying caption of “There’s something bold and mysterious in the darkness…stay tuned to discover more!”
The incredibly quick seven-second video just focuses on the Toyota logo, now in black, on an equally black paintwork.
The fitment of a camera unit informs that this is the rear of the vehicle, so that is a start. A quick check on the close proximity of the Toyota logo and reverse camera indicates this new model isn’t a Toyota GT86 or Corolla.
A sporty Toyota RAV4 coming then? Perhaps, as the model now packs 306 hp thanks to the addition of two motors and a large battery pack with the 2.5-litre Dynamic Force petrol engine. The Toyota RAV4 Plug-in hybrid model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds. Electric range from the new 18.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is rated at around 75 km based on WLTP cycle.
In Malaysia meanwhile, UMW Toyota introduced a higher-performance version of the evergreen Vios sedan, called the Toyota Vios GR Sport. It does not black emblems, but plenty of well-matched gloss black treatment on the side mirrors, 17-inch wheels and specially designed GR Sport bodykit.
Inside the cabin, we counted a total of eight ‘GR’ emblems. So, what could this all-black Goth-like Toyota special model be?