|Toyota is all set to launch its electric SUV by the year 2023, with the company revealing product specifications for the electric bZ4X, Toyota’s first all-electric car. The overall design has remained relatively unchanged since its crossover concept form was revealed in April this year.
Toyota intends to launch seven models under the bZ (Beyond Zero) moniker by 2025, with a view to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. Here are 5 reasons to fall in love with Toyota’s electric BZ4X.
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Exterior and Underpinnings
The bZ4X is built on Toyota’s e-TNGA architecture, which was developed in collaboration with Subaru. According to the manufacturer, the benefit of this platform is the 1000mm rear legroom found on flagship sedans such as the Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Instead of going for something out of the ordinary, Toyota chose to base the design of this electric crossover on the RAV4. There are LED headlights that are swept back, plastic cladding over the wheel arches, and a modular rear profile.
Interior Design and Features
Toyota’s digital displays give the bZ4X’s cabin a futuristic and practical appearance (one for the low-placed instrument panel and the other for infotainment). It has also been used as soundproofing glass panels for the windows and wind noise reduction to provide passengers with a better in-cabin experience.
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The Electric bZ4X, like the latest Tesla Model S, will have two steering layout options: a yolk-like pattern and a regular version (for those who prefer the traditional ones). It is an electronic steering system with no mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the tires in the case of the former.
It’s also more convenient to use because it only needs to be turned up to 150 degrees from side to side. This eliminates the need to change grips while performing U-turns or maneuvering the vehicle through tight spaces.
The Toyota bZ4X also comes with a panoramic roof, a digital key (in select variants), and a heated steering wheel and seats. It also includes Toyota’s Safety Sense package, which includes radars and cameras for ADAS features as well as advanced parking assist.
It Installs A Solar Panel On Its Roof
Select electric vehicle variants will also include a solar panel on the roof. This roof-mounted panel generates enough electricity to power a car for 1,800 kilometers per year. According to Toyota, it can be charged in parking spaces that do not have charging stations, and solar power can be used to charge in disasters or emergencies.
What’s Powering Toyota Electric BZ4X
The bZ4X will be offered in two configurations: FWD and 4WD. Here are some technical details:
Toyota has also included an onboard solar charging system that operates when the vehicle is stationary. The bZ4X can be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes using a 150kW fast charger.
Toyota Electric BZ4X India Launch
Toyota electric bZ4X will be available in selected countries from mid-2022. However, there is no information on whether Toyota intends to bring the bZ4X to India or not.
While Toyota hasn’t confirmed its plans to bring its EV to India, it’s unlikely that one will arrive before 2024, but until then, we could see some mild-hybrid models.