Adding a Black Edition variant seems to be a new way for manufacturers to earn a quick buck. Simply dip the chrome bits of the exterior in a gloss black finish, and add thousands to the list price. But Mazda didn't take the easy way for their latest limited-run special. They call it the Black Tone Edition, and, ironically, the cars don't get sleek black paint. Instead, these models get the automaker's Polymetal Gray Metallic color.
Unlike the centennial special that was available for all Mazda models, the Black Tone Edition is available only for the Mazda2, Mazda6, CX-5, and CX-8. So what's different between the Black Tone Edition and a standard model painted in Polymetal Gray? According to Mazda, the Black Tone Edition vehicles feature black and dark chrome exterior trim together with black wheels, giving them a sportier look and feel.
The changes aren't limited to the exterior. Mazda also made subtle changes to the vehicle's cabin. Nearly all Black Tone Edition models feature black material and is contrasted by red stitching and accents all around apart from the Mazda6. The brand decided to reverse the colors by having the seats colored dark red and the stitchings in black and gray.
Similar to the 100th Anniversary Edition vehicles, the Black Tone Editions models feature visual changes only. With that, the Mazda2, Mazda6, CX-5, and CX-8 feature the same engine and transmission option as standard. Depending on the trim, you could even get them with an all-wheel-drive.
At the moment, the Black Tone Edition Mazdas are exclusive to Japan only. Considering Mazda Philippines did bring in a few units of the 100th Anniversary Edition as well as the 30th Edition MX-5, we might see a few of these sportier Mazdas on the streets of Metro Manila.
After all, Mazda Philippines recently introduced the BT-50 Pangolin Edition. With that in mind, the company has the means to make a country-specific limited variant. We don't see why the Black Tone Edition vehicles can't make it here.