The brand’s only electric vehicle returns mostly unchanged for the new model year.
This SUV is offered in three trim levels, with two powertrains.
The 2023 model had a base price of $44,990.
Toyota Canada has released the pricing and specifications of its bZ4X electric SUV for the 2024 model year, showing only a few changes, mostly aimed at making charging easier.
The 2024 Toyota bZ4X returns for its second model year on the Canadian market with only three trim levels and two powertrains since the entry-level L version offered last year has been abandoned.
This means that the only electric vehicle in the automaker’s lineup will be more expensive in 2024, with a new base MSRP of $50,050, about $5,000 more than last year.
Of course, making the LE FWD trim level the new entry point for the lineup means the bZ4X can claim more standard features and equipment than before, such as Safety Connect and Remote Connect, a 12.3-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, heated front seats with the radiant leg warmer, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitoring with safe exit assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
In addition, the LE trim level is offered in four paint colour choices while the 2023 L version was only available in black.
In addition to this lineup change, Toyota says it has improved the charging experience, especially in cold weather, which was a common complaint with the 2023 version.
Indeed, the DC fast charging rate of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X was significantly impacted by cold temperatures, which meant drivers had to wait much longer at roadside charging stations than they were expecting to during the winter months.
To prevent this from happening to the 2024 models, the automaker has installed a water-to-water heat exchanger and a heating adjustment valve that will make it possible to increase the battery’s temperature to a level more suitable for fast charging.
Another change to the 2024 bZ4X is the inclusion of additional charge information within the digital instrument cluster, such as the state of charge percentage, the estimated time to reach 80% state of charge, and the calculated vehicle range.
Since this modification is entirely software-based, drivers of 2023 bZ4X models will benefit from these additional data points by having a Toyota dealer update their vehicle.
Three trim levels
As mentioned previously, the 2024 Toyota bZ4X is offered in three trim levels, starting with the $50,050 LE FWD.
In addition to the features listed above, this version also benefits from the features which were standard on the 2023 bZ4X L, such as 18-inch alloy wheels, the smart key system with push-button start, and the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite of active safety features.
The $55,050 XLE AWD grade adds cloth and Softex upholstery, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a panoramic glass roof, the HomeLink garage door controller, a drive mode selector with X-MODE function, hill-descent control, a wireless charging pad, a cargo cover, and the intelligent clearance sonar with rear cross-traffic braking.
The $62,640 XLE AWD with Technology Package version brings 20-inch wheels, a premium JBL sound system, Softex upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, multi-LED headlamps, a kick sensor for the power liftgate, roof rails, automated parking assist, a digital key, a 360-degree camera system, and a rear spoiler.
Like before, the 2024 Toyota bZ4X is offered with two powertrains depending on which version buyers choose. Indeed, the LE FWD model is powered by a single motor on the front axle and a 63.4 kWh battery, a combination that results in 201 horsepower, 196 lb-ft of torque, and a range of up to 406 kilometers.
The XLE AWD and XLE AWD with Technology Package models benefit from a second electric motor placed on the rear axle which gives them all-wheel drive capabilities, a total output of 214 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, as well as a range of up to 367 kilometers thanks to a slightly larger 65.5 kWh battery.
The 2024 Toyota bZ4X has already reached Toyota dealers in Canada, but it is worth remembering that this model is still only sold in Quebec and British Columbia.