Toyota has announced the details of bZ4X, its new BEV model, the first in a series of models aimed at achieving its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
It is the first vehicle in the OEM’s bZ series of BEVs, which is expected to comprise of seven models by 2025. Likewise, the bZ4X is a key contributor to Toyota’s future line-up of electrified vehicles which will include further BEVS as well as PHEVS, HEVS and FCEVS.
At the core of Toyota’s new SUV is its new e-TNGA electric vehicle platform, which enables several EV-specific functions including a steer-by-wire system, all-wheel drive, and a regenerative braking system. Another is the bZ4X’s lithium-ion battery, which is capable of 150kW rapid DC charging – allowing the EV to replenish 80% of its battery power in 30 minutes. This battery is further supported by a solar panel on the bZ4X’s roof, which can provide the car with an estimated 1,800km (1,118 miles) of range annually.
The bZ4X also provides customers with a range of unique infotainment features enabled by a new multimedia system. Cloud navigation, for example, leverages map data from the cloud to obtain traffic information and notify the user of available parking spaces. BEV-specific services such as driving support, charging station display, driving support display, and driving range display are available.
The vehicle is also equipped with an enhanced voice-recognition function, which can be used to control some vehicle functionality – including the wipers and air-conditioning can be operated. Also present in the cockpit is a redesigned steering yoke, which will be available in China ahead of other regions from 2022 onwards. Customers can also opt for a conventional, circular, steering wheel.
Toyota has confirmed that the bZ4X will support OTA software updates, allowing for feature packages and key system updates (to the multimedia system, for example) to be delivered without needing to visit the dealer. Another key convenience feature is the EV’s Digital Key system, which users can use to lock, unlock and start the system. Users can also share their keys between smartphones, making it easy for family and friends to borrow and lend vehicles remotely.
While a price range or trim offering has not yet been confirmed by Toyota, the OEM did confirm that the vehicle would launch worldwide in mid-2022.