The production version is largely unchanged from the concept.
It will be available in FWD or AWD configurations.
The TbZ4X should launch in all regions from mid-2022.
The bZ4X is unique in many ways. From a styling perspective, it is inspired by a “Hi-Tech and Emotion” design theme. Its SUV proportions are highlighted by short overhangs and a long wheelbase. Both front and rear fascias are fairly dynamic promoting the vehicle’s powerful stance. The large black fender flares are reminiscent of those found on other Toyota and Lexus products.
The bZ4X’s spacious cabin features an array of controls and displays including a top-mounted instrument panel. Ahead of it will be an optional uniquely shaped One-motion grip steering wheel. This tesla yoke-like wheel will control a steer-by-wire system. This technology will have a lock-to-lock turn set at around 150 degrees eliminating the need to move hands on the wheel when steering.
Of the many features that will be available with the bZ4X, Toyota will offer heat pump-type air-conditioning, heated seats and steering wheel, and front-seat radiant foot-heating.
Toyota’s new bZ4X was created in conjunction with Subaru. The latter will launch their Soltera shortly after the bZ4X. This explains why Toyota will use Subaru’s AWD technology and X-MODE for models equipped with two electric motors.
The single- or dual-motor vehicles will be fed by a 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. Range is currently set at WLTC 500 km for FWD versions and 460 km for AWD ones. This battery will be capable of 150 kW quick charging enable a 5%-80% charge in 30 minutes.
Unlike most EVs, the bZ4X will not gain any real performance advantages when a dual-motor configuration is selected. FWD version will be motivated by a 201-horsepower front motor while the AWD iterations will get two 80-kW motors for a total of 215 horsepower.
The bZ4X is the first vehicle from Toyota’s new bZ (beyond Zero) series of EVs. It is scheduled to launch globally midway through 2022.