The veil was lifted this morning on the production and therefore official version of the new 2023 Toyota bZ4X which will arrive in North America in the middle of next year according to Toyota. It will be offered in two versions and will be built on the new Toyota e-TNGA platform dedicated to electric vehicles.
Several new details were released last month by Toyota Global, but the model presented this morning and the information disclosed is for the North American market. We therefore learned several interesting details about Toyota’s first all-electric vehicle that relate to the model that’s coming here.
The Toyota bZ4X arrives at North American dealerships in mid-2022 and will be available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models. This is the first model in the Toyota bZ lineup that will represent a lineup of all-electric vehicles that will join Toyota’s already extensive lineup of hybrid models.
A range of 400 kilometers (250 miles) for the 2023 Toyota bZ4X
Toyota promises a range of 400 kilometers (250 miles) for the front-wheel drive Toyota bZ4X while the range of the all-wheel-drive version has not been confirmed. It is expected to be less than the front-wheel drive model, probably 350-375 kilometers (200-225 miles). According to Toyota, the battery will retain 90% of its initial range after 10 years.
Several technologies will be introduced to help the bZ4X preserve its range, particularly in cold weather. A heat pump will be integrated to allow air conditioning and heating of the passenger compartment more efficiently by reducing the input of the battery, the seats and the steering wheel will be heated and there will be a new radiant heating system for your legs (!).
As for charging, Toyota simply said that the bZ4X will be able to charge up to 80% in one hour on a DC fast charging terminal.
Some off-road capability for the Toyota bZ4X
The Toyota bZ4X is built on Toyota’s new e-TNGA platform which is dedicated to electric vehicles. The battery will be placed flat under the floor to lower the center of gravity and help with handling. The size of the battery and the horsepower of the powertrain are not yet known, but Toyota says the 2023 bZ4X will be able to tackle off-road trails with confidence.
The bZ4X’s all-wheel drive system is shared with the Subaru Solterra and features an XMODE (R) drive mode, a familiar Subaru designation. Toyota didn’t give many concrete details on how its all-wheel drive works, however, falling more into marketing rather than technical explanations. Toyota also talked about a system called Grip-Control which will be used for off-road driving, but didn’t elaborate.
A new Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 system
The Toyota bZ4X will be equipped with the first Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 (TSS 3.0) system, the latest generation of Toyota’s active safety system. The TSS 3.0 is able to detect cyclists, pedestrians, guardrails on the side of the road and motorcyclists while its radar and camera have been improved to provide better performance in detecting and preventing accidents.
Other technologies in the Toyota bZ4X include a new digital key that can control the doors and start the vehicle with a smartphone. In addition, it will be possible to “transfer” the smart key on the mobile device to another person if you want to lend your Toyota bZ4X to a friend or family member.
The infotainment system may receive over-the-air updates in order to be kept up to date.
The Toyota bZ4X will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing has not yet been released.