By B. O’Hare
Despite being one of the world’s largest and most trusted car manufacturers, Toyota currently has no all-electric car on sale apart from the China-exclusive CH-R Electric. However, that’s all about to change. The Japanese giants plan on launching seven EVs between 2022 and 2025, all under the ‘bZ’ nameplate. What does bZ stand for, you may ask? Beyond Zero, quite simply.
The first ‘Beyond Zero’ EV to arrive will be an attractive electric crossover, based off the bZ4X Concept shown above. ‘Concept’ is a bit dramatic in this case, as the bZ4X is very close to the production car you’ll see next year. Although no technical specs were announced, we do know the bZ4X is based off the e-TNGA platform and (almost certainly) has a dual-motor system.
Inside all looks very production ready too. There is, however, a yoke steering wheel. A strange trend in the car industry, it will be interesting to see if it makes it into the production car next year.
Again, this is a concept so unsurprisingly there is no word on pricing. But expect it to be competitive, and in Model Y/ ID.4 / Mach-E / Ariya / Ioniq 5 / EV6 territory.
Well, what do you think of the bZ4X Concept? Quite a mouthful, but certainly a very good looking crossover in my opinion. Let’s hope the stats and price of the production car lives up to the styling of the concept. Let us know your thoughts in the replies section below.