Toyota bZ4X SUV Concept Unveiled – 15 E-Vehicles Planned by 2025
Toyota announces its new battery-electric vehicles series, Toyota bZ, in the establishment of a full line-up of electrified vehicles. A concept version of the first model in the series, the Toyota bZ4X, to be unveiled in Shanghai. 15 battery electric vehicles, including 7 Toyota bZ BEVs, will be introduced globally by 2025.
Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today announced Toyota bZ, its newly established series of BEV (battery electric vehicles), in the establishment of a full line-up of electrified vehicles. At Auto Shanghai, a motor show held in Shanghai, China, Toyota unveiled a concept version of the Toyota bZ4X, which will be the first model in the bZ series.
Toyota and Subaru jointly developed the Toyota bZ4X
The Toyota bZ4X is an SUV Battery E-Vehicle jointly developed with Toyota’s partner, Subaru. This BEV adopts the e-TNGA BEV-dedicated platform that was jointly developed by the two companies; it takes advantage of the strength of Toyota, which boasts expertise in vehicle electrification, and Subaru, which possesses outstanding AWD technologies and realizes driving performance that is both comfortable and enjoyable.
Characteristics of the Toyota bZ4X
Using a Battery Electric Vehicle-specific platform, the bZ4X combines a long wheelbase with a short overhang; this results both in a distinctive design and in an interior space comparable to a D-segment sedan. A uniquely shaped steering wheel eliminates the need to change grip when steering, and also contributes to a spacious interior – the vehicle adopts a steer-by-wire system that provides a smooth driving feel aligned with the driver’s intentions. The low position of the instrument panel and the location of the meters above the steering wheel serves not only to enhance the vehicle’s sense of space but also improve visibility and contribute to safe and secure driving.
The company hasn’t said anything about battery size or range, but the bZ4X model will have to compete with other electric crossovers such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E, with up to 305 miles of range, and the Tesla Model Y with 326 miles of range on its Long Range model.
In addition to the use of regenerative energy systems, the BEV also adopts a solar recharging system; this cleverly recharges the battery while stationary, and further enhances the unique environmental performance of a Vehicle. It also provides a cruising range that ensures customers not to be inconvenienced in winters.
Toyota Motor Corporation plans to produce the Toyota bZ4X in Japan and China; it hopes to begin worldwide sales of the model by the middle of 2022.