Toyota unveils its first all-electric car- bZ4X, it is an electric SUV packed with cool features. The car was already unveiled as a concept at the Shanghai Motor Show, though no specs or details about its features were disclosed until now.
Today the Japanese automaker unveiled the bZ4X with deliveries starting next year. Toyota has earlier offered all-electric cars in China but the bZ4X will be the first battery-electric vehicle that will use a BEV-dedicated platform for the first time, later will be available globally.About Toyota bZ4X
Toyota will introduce its latest bZ4X as a sort of sub-brand for its upcoming electric vehicles. The name bZ suits the company’s latest electrification strategy where bZ stands for “beyond zero”. The electric car features some sharp lines and an aggressive design.
The detailed specs for the Japanese version of the car have been released, while details of the US version will be available next month. Toyota bZ4X Specs
- 71.4 kWh battery pack.
- Toyota is only releasing right now “cruising range per charge (WLTC).” It claims to be 500 km (310 miles) for the front-wheel-drive version and 460 km (286 miles) for the all-wheel-drive version.
- The front-wheel-drive version is equipped with a single 150 kW motor
- The all-wheel-drive version is equipped with an 80 kW motor on each axle.
- DC fast-charging capacity is apparently capped at 150 kW. Toyota says it can charge to 80% state-of-charge in about 30 minutes with that capacity.
The specifications suggest it is a decent entry to a mid-level SUV in the electric space. Toyota is offering features that other automakers have been offering on their EVs, with some additional ones, especially for the bZ4X.Special Toyota bZ4X Features
- Capable of bidirectional charging for vehicle-to-home capacity.
- Optional solar roof. Toyota says can “generates electricity equivalent to 1,800 km of driving distance per year”Toyota has also taken care of fixing the problem with Tesla’s wheel introduced in Model S Plaid, by introducing the “wing-shaped” steering wheel with a steer-by-wire system, enabling with what Toyota called “one motion grip”
- With the Lock-to-lock set at around 150 degrees, you don’t require to change grips when steering. This reduces the burden on the driver for U-turn, garage parking, and on winding roads
- You are able to independently control the steering torque and the steering angle of the tires. You can change the steering characteristics with drive mode selection.
- Unwanted vibrations from the tires are blocked and only transmit necessary vibrations such as road information. System controls tire movement to ensure vehicle stability when driving on uneven surfaces or when Lane Tracing Assist is activated
- The one-motion grip offers more legroom, this improves driving position freedom and ease of entry and exit
The electric SUV is expected to launch first in Japan in mid-2022, while its pricing and availability are expected to be released in the coming months.