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News Toyota Urban SUV Concept Previews New bZ Model

Toyota Urban SUV Concept Previews New bZ Model

Compact electric Toyota

  • Concept could become production bZ next year

  • Model shown for Europe, could come to North America


Toyota has just revealed a new electric concept. The Urban SUV concept is an EX30-like small electric that it says will go on sale sometime in 2024 as part of a six-model EV lineup.

The Urban SUV is expected to come to market next year as the bZ2X, joining the larger Toyota bZ4X. It’s a B-segment crossover, making it similar in size to Toyota’s own Corolla Cross gas and hybrid-electric crossover.

It has the nose of the latest Prius, a design Toyota has been propagating across its electrified lineup. But from the nose rearward, it’s much more angular and blocky than anything else Toyota currently offers.

The concept was revealed at the company’s annual Kenshiki forum, which is held in Brussels, where some more details were provided. The crossover will offer both front and all-wheel drive, for example. It will also offer large and small battery pack options, allowing customers to pick a capacity that fits their needs.

Toyota said that the model was intended for Europe, but with the growth of electric vehicle sales in North America, combined with EV mandates in some provinces and states, a model of this size (and likely affordable price) could end up coming to the U.S. and Canada as well. There’s nothing official, though, of yet.

Toyota said it plans to sell six dedicated battery-electric models in Europe by 2026. That’s up from just one today. Expect more details on the production version of the concept early in 2024.

 

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