2023 Toyota Camry shows alter ego with Nightshade edition

Updated May 17, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

This add-on package gives the midsize sedan a sporty presence. 

Sportiness is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when the Toyota Camry is mentioned. For the 2023 model year, the automaker hopes to alter that perception even slightly as it releases the Nightshade Special Edition for its midsize sedan. 

2023 Toyota Camry Nightshade Special Edition

The Midnight Blue color is a new addition for the 2023 Toyota Camry Nightshade Special Edition

Nightshade is intended as an affordable factory designer package, with the Camry among the first to offer it in 2019. In the U.S. market, Nightshade variants are now available on the Corolla, Corolla Hatchback, Prius, Avalon Hybrid, C-HR, Sequoia, and Tacoma as well. Toyota says the Camry Nightshade edition accounted for five percent of the model’s sales in 2021, expected to go up to seven percent for 2022.  

Sounds like a big deal, so what exactly does the 2023 Camry Nightshade Special Edition bring? These are primarily in the form of blacked-out trim pieces. There’s a black front grille with Sport Mesh inserts lifted from the Camry TRD. This is complemented by black accents on the headlamps and tail lamps. 

2023 Toyota Camry Nightshade Special Edition rear
The black trim pieces continue on the rear

In between, black trim can also be found on the mirror caps, door handles, sharkfin antenna, and badges, topped off by a black rear spoiler. New for 2023 is a set of 19-inch alloy wheels rendered in a matte bronze aluminum finish, which complements any of the three available color choices for the Nightshade edition: Midnight Black, White, and Reservoir Blue.     

Interior bits from the regular Camry are carried over, apart from black leatherette seats and an 8-inch touchscreen head unit which are standard on the Nightshade variant. 

Camry Nightshade edition interior

Seats are dressed in black leatherette accompanied by an 8-inch touchscreen

The Nightshade edition is positioned between the Camry’s SE and XSE trim levels. All Camry Nightshade versions have front-wheel or all-wheel-drive along with 2.5-liter gasoline and hybrid powertrains, even carrying over the SE’s sport-tuned suspension. Only the 3.5-liter V6-equipped Camry does not come with an equivalent Nightshade trim.

While Toyota will announce pricing information later in the year, the Nightshade package for the 2023 Toyota Camry is expected to stay close to its current $700 (Php 36,700) cost. Will the Nightshade option be a good addition to Philippine-spec units of the Toyota Camry? 

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Know more about Toyota Camry 2022

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is a midsize sedan positioned by Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) for the premium market. The latest generation version was introduced globally in 2017, while TMP revamped its variant lineup with the all-new 2022 Toyota Camry V HEV 2.5 AT. Currently, this is the sole variant for the said model and Toyota Camry Price Philippines starts at Php 2,335,000. Under the hood of the new 2.5 V HEV is a 2.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of making up to 176 horsepower and 221 Nm of torque. Combined with the motor generator, it can produce up to 208 horsepower. It is then paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which then sends power to its front wheels.  

Size-wise, the 2022 Toyota Camry is 4,885mm long, 3,840mm wide, and 1,445mm in height. It also has a ground clearance of 140mm, and a wheelbase length of 2,820mm. 

For the local market, the Toyota Camry rivals the likes of the Honda Accord and the Mazda6

₱ 2,355,000 - ₱ 2,370,000

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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