Toyota has revealed the details of bZ4X, its all-new model BEV. The Toyota bZ series adopts a BEV-dedicated platform that aims for a value greater than zero (“beyond Zero”). The bZ4X has the excitement of an SUV-style BEV, driving appeal, and is the first model of the Toyota’s bZ series, which emphasizes safety and peace of mind. It will be launched worldwide in the middle of 2022.
The bZ4X was developed as a medium-segment SUV-type BEV, the first model in the Toyota bZ series. Toyota will promote the deployment of BEVs in its full lineup starting with this bZ4X.
The BEV-dedicated platform (first for Toyota) which is the basis of all systems was jointly developed with Subaru Corporation (Subaru). Through this platform, which incorporates the unique requirements of BEVs with a low center of gravity and greater rigidity, we pursued off-road performance required for SUVs, with attractive, smooth, intuitive driving performance, not just for a BEV, but for any car.
This new architecture has a 71.4kWh battery in the floor that Toyota claims gives it a WLTP test cycle range of 500 km (310 miles). The company also says that the battery will retain 90% of its range for the first ten years of its life, thanks the water cooling of the cells (a first for Toyota) and active thermal management of the battery, which will improve range and longevity.
Toyota will offer two variants of the bZ4X. The front-drive entry car with a single motor producing 201 hp and 195lb ft accelerates to 100 km/h (62mph) in 8.4 seconds, while the twin-motor range-topper – which utilises Subaru’s four-wheel drive technology – improves power to 214 hp and torque to 248 hp and accelerates to 100 km/h (62mph) in 7.7 seconds. The latter option also offers different XMode settings for the powertrain that include parameters for snow and mud, as well as Grip Control for tougher off-road conditions.
Toyota bZ4X is compatible with high-output chargers worldwide with 150 kW direct current quick charging, capable of 80% charge in 30 minutes.
The bZ4x is 85mm lower than the RAV4 model, has shorter overhangs but a 165mm larger wheelbase, and a reasonably narrow turning circle of 11.4 metres.
The driver will have “a sensation of immediate connection to the road and to essential information” thanks to the cabin’s architecture. The instrument panel is placed low on the dashboard to improve forward view and reduce distraction. The concept’s huge central display, wide center console, and textured dashboard have all been carried over.
The bZ4X is scheduled for launch worldwide from mid-2022.
Main Specifications (Models in Japan, in-house measurements)
|bZ4X (FWD)||bZ4X (4WD)|
|Gross vehicle weight||(kg)||2,195-||2,275-|
|Minimum turning radius||(m)||5.7|
|Cruising range per charge (WLTC)||(km)||Approx. 500||Approx. 460|
|Cabin height||(mm)||1,160 (Normal / Solar roof)|
1,145 (Panorama roof)
|Motor||Type||AC synchronous electric generator|
|Maximum output (front motor)||(kW)||150||80|
|Maximum output (rear motor)||(kW)||―||80|
|Maximum output (system)||(kW)||150||160|
|Main drive battery||Type||Lithium-ion battery|
|Change function||AC charger maximum output||(kW)||6.6|
|DC charging maximum output||(kW)||150|
|Driving equipment||Steering||Rack Assist Type electric Power Steering (EPS)|
|Suspension (Front / Rear)||Strut-type coil spring / Double wishbone-type coil spring|
|Brakes (Front / Rear)||Ventilated disc / Ventilated disc|
|Driveline||Front-wheel drive||Four-wheel drive|
|Driving performance||Acceleration performance (0-100 km/h)|