Toyota has given the world more details about its upcoming battery-electric vehicle, the bZ4X. This new SUV-style electric vehicle (EV) will be the first in a series of “beyond Zero” all-electric vehicles that will share the bZ name. The upcoming 5-seat bZ4X will be around the size of a RAV4 and use a dedicated platform for electric vehicles (a first for Toyota) based on the e-Toyota New Global Architecture (e-TNGA) platform philosophy.
While we already knew the above details, this week, Toyota released more information about the bZ4X, providing some insight into the car itself as well as Toyota’s approach in bringing its first real EV to market.
Toyota isn’t saying what the production bZ4X’s driving range will be, but it has disclosed that, using the WLTC test cycle on Toyota’s in-house measurements, the cruising range per charge for the front-wheel-drive (FWD) version will be approximately 310 miles (500 km). The automaker expects the all-wheel-drive (AWD) model to achieve around 286 miles (460 km). That kind of range is enough to provide buyers with peace of mind. The automaker said in a statement that it “aimed for a BEV that can be driven safely and conveniently for many years, considering securing cruising range, particularly in winter settings.” Toyota says the bZ4X will be compatible with 150-kW DC fast chargers to get the battery to 80-percent capacity in 30 minutes.
The powertrain uses a 71.4-kWh lithium-ion battery and either one 150-kW motor on the front axle (FWD) or two 80-kW motors—one on each axle—for the AWD model. Toyota says that acceleration from zero to 62 miles per hour will take 7.7 seconds with AWD and 8.4 seconds with FWD.
Some versions of the bZ4X will use a standard steering wheel, while others will use what Toyota is calling a “uniquely shaped steering wheel” that looks similar to the yoke steering wheel that Tesla offers on the Model S.
The bZ4X’s dashboard will include some infotainment and advanced safety systems seen in other Toyota models, as well as its own EV-specific adaptations. The bZ4X will use a cloud-based navigation system that can direct you to charge stations. The wipers and air conditioning can operate by voice control, and some versions of the bZ4X will be equipped with digital key technology that lets connected smartphones lock and unlock the car and start it. Owners can also update the vehicle using over-the-air update technology. Both a solar roof and a panorama roof will be available.
The new Toyota bZ4X will go on sale globally in mid-2022.