It’s amazing what a change in color can do for a car. One minute you’re looking at a classy midsize sedan, the next you’re gawking at a very stealthy piece of machinery. This is the case for the Toyota Camry, which is seeing a Black Edition release in the Japanese market to celebrate 40 years since the release of the Celica Camry.
Let’s get one thing out of the way first: The Black Edition is a purely aesthetic alteration, so there are no performance changes to be found here. It’s available in either two-wheel-drive or with Toyota’s electric 4WD system, and runs on the same hybrid setup featuring a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force engine and electric motors as Japan’s top-spec Camry WS.
What is new here are black 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, smoked headlights and taillights, and a new lower grille molding. Buyers also have the choice between a popping red interior or a stealthy one covered in black leather. All this, combined with the Camry Black Edition’s Precious Black Pearl exterior finish, makes for what’s arguably the current-generation midsize sedan’s sleekest look yet.
If, however, you’re not as much into the dark look as we are, you can also get the vehicle in a variety of other colors like White Pearl Mica, Emotional Red, and even two-tone versions featuring the aforementioned Precious Black Pearl. Frankly, though, going for these may defeat the purpose of buying this variant in the first place.
How much for this thing? In Japan, it carries a ¥4,208,000 (over P1.9 million). This is a neat look, and we’d be happy to see Toyota Motor Philippines offerr something similar in our market. We won’t be holding our breath, though.
Do these upgrades warrant its price tag? Let us know what you think of Japan’s Toyota Camry Black Edition in the comments.