The Toyota RAV4 Black Edition is the variant we really want

This is what Toyota calls its new ‘Dark Star’
by Leandre Grecia | 3 days ago
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Carmakers just keep rolling out these blacked-out limited-edition models, and we’re all for it. The newest one to surface is the RAV4 Black Edition, and it’s what Toyota calls its new ‘Dark Star.’

We’d have to agree that it’s a fitting title, as this RAV4 is definitely a looker. The standard version of the crossover is already sleek and sporty as it is, and this new black-on-black finish makes it all the more stylish. Forget the 4x4 model—this is the RAV4 we want Toyota Motor Philippines to bring into our market.

The exterior features a deep Galaxy Black paint finish. This is complemented by front and lower grilles, front and rear bumpers, door mirror casings, skid plates, and a rear spoiler that sport the same color. The Intelligent Clearance Sonars have been given the same treatment as well. The vehicle sits on 19-inch gloss black alloy wheels.

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The only contrast you’ll see on the outside are provided by the headlamps, the fog lamps, the chrome trims on the windows, the emblems and Toyota badges on both ends, and the taillights. Other than that, everything else here is black.

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There were no interior images revealed, but the cabin is supposedly clad in black material. The seats are stitched with high-quality black synthetic leather with contrast gray stitching, while other black trims scattered on the inside add to the overall dark theme.

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The engine wasn’t specified, but there were mentions of the extra features available. Intelligent parking sensors, a 360-degree panoramic view monitor, a digital rear-view monitor, and a nine-speaker JBL Premium audio system all come as added options. Standard features, on the other hand, include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as well as the Toyota Safety Sense package.

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Toyota has yet to reveal the prices of this variant, but it said that the vehicle will be available in the UK starting October 2020. Sadly, we reckon a Philippine launch would merely be wishful thinking.

Anyway, what do you think of the new Toyota RAV4 Black Edition? Which would you pick: this or the Honda CR-V Black Edition?

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