Toyota bZ4X (2022): The electric SUV with a square steering wheel
Toyota wants CO2 neutral by 2050 will. The previous course with hydrogen and hybridization is not enough to achieve this. That’s why the Japanese want by 2025 Bring 15 new electric cars, seven of them from the newly launched electric series “bZ”. The abbreviation stands for “Beyond Zero”, which is intended to express the pursuit of local zero emissions and the benefit for customers. That makes the beginning bZ4X, which recently celebrated its world premiere. The SUV in RAV4 format was developed together with Subaru and should come on the market in mid-2022.
The bZ4X likes Toyota’s newer e-TNGA platform for electric vehicles that Subaru will also use. The crossover continues the angular design language of Toyota SUVs. Due to the black contrasting paintwork on the roof and fenders, it looks much more beefy. the The rear window is flatter than other models, overall that is bZ4X 85 millimeters lower than that a RAV4. With similar body dimensions, it will be around 160 millimeters longer wheelbase and noticeably more room offer than the RAV4, which is also thanks to the short overhangs.
Futuristic Tesla style steering wheel
In the interior, the bZ4X comes up with some interesting solutions. Most noticeable is probably the steering wheel reminiscent of Teslathat it is in conjunction with the “Steer-by-Wire”-Function will give as standard. His rectangular form should that airy feeling of space underline and improve the view of the digital instrument display. However, as Toyota confirmed to AUTO BILD, the steering wheel will not be available in Germany before 2023. the Customers are in this country therefore still on that conventional, fall back on round valance have to. It also sits in the middle of the dashboard large digital display with touch surfaces underneath for climate control. In the center console there are a few buttons and a rotary control that is used to set the driving programs. There is a large storage compartment underneath the floating central tunnel. The one equipped with a height-adjustable floor The trunk holds Depending on the equipment up to 452 liters with an upright rear seat.
Toyota’s new assistance functions for more safety
The fully electric bZ4X is also making its debut third generation from “Toyota Safety Sense“. A close-knit network of assistance and safety systems should be thanks new functions still more protection Offer. An extended “pre-collision system” recognizes oncoming or cutting-in vehicles more quickly, adjusts the speed accordingly and, if necessary, initiates a braking maneuver. To always be there up to date to stay, the software can use “Over-the-Air” updates also continuously update and improve.
Over 450 kilometers according to WLTP should be possible
The bZ4X should initially be included two drive options give, one with front-wheel drive and one with all-wheel drive. Both variants draw their traction current from one 71.4 kWh huge battery pack. Depending on the engine, a Range of over 450 kilometers according to the WLTP, which is similar to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 optional solar panels can still be expanded. Thanks to the 150 kW fast charging technology, the Japanese should be able to be charged to 80 percent in around 30 minutes.
Who is for the Front engine version decides, gets an e-machine with 150 kW (204 PS) and maximum 265 Nm torque. This means that the sprint at country road speed takes 8.4 seconds. For more off-road mobility, there is one developed in cooperation with Subaru All-wheel-drive version with 160 kW (218 PS) and 336 Nmwhich breaks the 100 mark after 7.7 seconds. Regardless of the engine, it ends at 160 km / h. Toyota is currently not announcing whether further engine variants will follow. However, due to its flexible design options, the e-TNGA platform itself has the potential for additional drives.
The bZ4X should start at less than 40,000 euros
Exact prices For the bZ4X, Toyota has not yet announced on How To Cars demand. However, it can be assumed that the basic version for start at just under 40,000 euros will. If you want to buy a bZ4X, you have to be patient at the moment. The electric SUV will be available to order from December 2021, and the first models will be available Mid-2022 come to the dealers.