Toyota Debuts bZ4X Concept, the First of Seven EVs
The electric crossover previews seven Toyota EVs to come, including a pickup truck.
1. Toyota has revealed the bZ4X concept, the first of seven global "Beyond Zero" EVs.
2. It's built on a platform developed with Subaru, and features a dual-motor, all-wheel drive layout.
3. Ultimately, there will be 15 new Toyota electric vehicles, with seven carrying the bZ nameplate.
Toyota has unveiled the bZ4X concept, the first of seven "Beyond Zero" electric vehicles out of 15 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicles) total. It's based on a platform that was co-developed with Subaru, and benefits from a dual-motor, all-wheel drive setup. Toyota says the production bZ4X will arrive in mid-2022, with more details coming at a later date.
With sharp styling and a long wheelbase, the bZ4X is, while still subdued compared to some EV concepts, quite the sight. The vehicle, in a way, resembles the RAV4, with large fender flares and the same overall stance. This is a good move by Toyota, because the RAV4 was the automaker's best-selling vehicle in the U.S last year.
The Toyota bZ4X is based on the e-TNGA platform, which will also support upcoming Subaru EVs. Its powertrain consists of dual motors and all-wheel drive, but further details including battery size and range have yet to be released. A single-motor bZ should be obtainable at some point, but whether it will be front- or rear-wheel drive can only be left to speculation.
Moving inside, things are a little awkward. The bZ4X's massive center console area and small steering wheel, in addition to a set-back digital gauge cluster make its interior a little tight. In the images provided, a rotary shift knob and under-console storage with USB-C ports can be seen.
Toyota says the bZ4X will go on sale in the middle of 2022, with further details arriving at a later date. The brand intends to have 70 electrified vehicles globally by 2025, with 15 being fully electric. On a larger scale, it has also pledged to be carbon-neutral by 2050.