Watch this crossover transform into a crossover with fancy bits stuck to it.
If there's one thing we know, it is that the aftermarket car scene doesn't sleep on a new model, even if it's as humble as the 2021 Toyota Venza. Just days after the Venza nameplate returned with a new look, tuner company Artisan Spirits has introduced a body kit for the Toyota Harrier, which is what the Venza is called in Japan.
The upcoming Venza in standard form isn't a bad looking car, but its design is on the safe side, which is not surprising coming from Toyota, and it will most likely disappear into the amorphous pool of crossover SUVs already on offer in the US. Toyota vehicles such as the RAV4 take on a bolder approach to styling which appeals to a younger market, but Artisan Spirits are here to shake things up with the Venza.
The new styling parts remind us of Toyota's crazy GR Yaris, a small pocket rocket that unfortunately will not be making its way to the US. Nevertheless, it is good to see that new Toyota models are coming back with a bit of a bite.
The front of this body kit includes new shrouds around the lower intakes for a sharper and more focused look and complements the all-black grille which in turn is joined by a bespoke hood with a super aggressive reverse intake mounted on top. At the bottom of the front fascia sits a splitter, because why not?
The side of the restyled Venza takes on a new shape thanks to a set of multi-spoke wheels that wouldn't seem out of place on more exotic cars such as the Corvette C8 or BMW M5. Complementing the new wheels are a set of side skirts that neatly tie the side profile together.
At the rear, things look just as good: at the top sits a bold new wing that is sure to do nothing for downforce, but scores in the style department, and is accompanied by a smaller lip spoiler that sits above the brake lights. The rear diffuser looks like it belongs on the race track, and we dig it. Artisan Spirit offers another kit for the Harrier that looks more subdued as it misses out on the super aggressive hood scoop, but it should work on the Venza too.
Pricing for the Artisan Spirits' kit has not yet been announced, but we suspect that it will only be made available in Japan.