Toyota has presented the first model of a global series of battery-electric vehicles under the “Toyota bZ” brand (Beyond Zero).
The bZ4X Concept joins a range of electrified Toyotas accounting for more than 40 percent of all alternative powertrain vehicles on sale in the United States of America. Those alternative powertrains include hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric cars.
Toyota developed the model jointly with Subaru. The bZ4X rides on a new e-TNGA BEV-dedicated architecture. It conveys Toyota’s high quality, durability and reliability with Subaru’s all-wheel-drive capability.
The vehicle has a long wheelbase with short overhangs, a distinctive exterior design. The cabin features an open-concept design, ample interior space, a low position of the instrument panel. The meters located above the steering wheel help expand a sense of space and increase visibility.
The Toyota bZ4X will be produced in Japan and China. Global sales will start by the middle of next year. Details of the U.S.-spec product will be available at a later date.
By 2025, the company expands worldwide around 70 electrified models including 15 BEVs (with 7 bZ cars). Toyota’s pickup truck portfolio will receive hybrid and battery electric powertrains in the near future too.