Big is Beautiful: 2021 Toyota Sequoia Adds Sizzle with Nightshade Edition

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Dec. 18. 2020
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Toyota City, Japan - The Toyota Sequoia fits the bill perfectly, backing up its capability with legendary Toyota quality, dependability, and reliability. Adding more sizzle for 2021, a new Sequoia Nightshade Special Edition joins the line.

With its body-on-frame construction, four-wheel independent suspension, generous ground clearance, and 381-horsepower 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 engine, the Sequoia comes built for family road and trail adventures. With seating for up to eight (seven in TRD Sport, TRD Pro, and Platinum), the Sequoia has it all: roominess, comfort, versatility, luxury, off-road dexterity, and high towing capacity, all packaged in rugged-yet-elegant Toyota SUV design.

The 2021 Sequoia line includes the SR5, Nightshade Edition, TRD Sport, TRD Pro, Limited, and Platinum grades. The off-road ready TRD Pro makes Multi-Mode 4WD standard; the other Sequoia models offer this versatile system as an option over standard two-wheel drive.

The 2021 Sequoia Nightshade Edition gives off a custom vibe with darkened chrome grille, lower grille surround, body side moldings, fog light surrounds and Sequoia badges. Black mirror caps, door handles, and 20-inch black split-spoke alloy wheels complete the exterior makeover. Guests can choose between Midnight Black Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, or Blizzard Pearl exterior colors. Black leather-trimmed seating surfaces comes standard on the Nightshade Edition.

Sequoia keeps a focus on safety with Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) standard on every grade. This advanced active safety suite bundles the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic Braking; Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams.

In addition, all Sequoia grades come equipped with standard Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The interior features a dual-stage, advanced front air bag system, seat-mounted side airbags for the driver and front passenger, all-row side curtain airbags for all three seating rows, plus driver and front passenger knee airbags.

Compared to external-bypass shocks used on off-road race vehicles, the Fox shocks employed on Sequoia TRD Pro models compactly integrate bypass zones inside the shock body, allowing the shock’s fluid to bypass the piston through regulated ports as it moves through its travel. Providing a cushioned ride during typical driving, the Fox shock damping gets progressively firmer through the shock piston’s stroke to resist bottoming over rough trail surfaces.

The 2.5-inch Fox front shocks on Sequoia TRD Pro include 7 compression zones and 2 rebound zones and provide an 18-mm increase in rebound travel. TRD engineers reduced the front spring rate on Sequoia TRD Pro to enhance its off-road handling. A combination of high-temperature damper fluid and pressurized nitrogen gas inside each shock improves damping performance and helps maximize seal life.

The Sequoia SR5 starts with a long roster of standard features and amenities, including LED headlights, daytime running lights and fog lights; front and rear sonar parking assist; tilt/telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio and Bluetooth hands-free phone controls; engine immobilizer with alarm; tri-zone automatic climate control with separate rear-seat controls; power tilt/slide moonroof; towing package; 8-way power driver’s seat; fog lamps; roof rack; running boards, and more. Optitron gauges add an elegant high-tech luxury touch in every grade.