In April of this year, Toyota introduced a future all-electric crossover with the bZ4X concept and this vehicle is now making its debut as a production model.
The zero-emission SUV is the first member of Toyota’s bZ (beyond Zero) sub-brand with seven models slated for release in the coming years. The bZ4X is roughly the size of the RAV4 and is based on the manufacturer’s eTNGA platform for electric vehicles.
At the start of sales in mid-2022, the SUV EV will be offered in two versions depending on the number of electric motors:
- The basic model is based on a single electric motor mounted on the front axle with a maximum output of 201 hp (150th). Kilowatt) and 195 pound-feet (265 Newton-meters) of instantaneous torque.
- The FWD model is expected to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km / h in 8.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 160 km / h.
The bZ4X all-wheel drive uses two electric motors, one for each axle, for a combined output of 215 hp (160 kW) and 248 lb-ft (336 Nm) of torque.
The horsepower, according to Toyota, is enough to propel the vehicle to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.7 seconds, while the top speed remains unchanged from the entry-level model. One thing to note is that the top-end variant has an all-wheel drive developed in collaboration with Subaru.
When it hits the market, the bZ4X will become the first production Toyota to offer an optional steer by wire system without a mechanical link between the flywheel and the tires.
The automaker promises that it will provide a better steering feel and reduced vibration behind the wheel.
At launch, the technology will be available in select markets, and specimens equipped with it will have yoke-like control instead of a yoke. ‘a traditional steering wheel.
Toyota will post pricing and delivery details closer to the sale date. The Toyota bZ4X will be available in Europe, as well as the United States, Japan, and China, from mid-2022.