Why pay attention to the Toyota bZ4X? It might have the name of an open WiFi network but what you’re looking at is Toyota’s new electric SUV, the first of Toyota’s bZ (beyond Zero) electric vehicle line-up.
And as the name suggests, beyond Zero isn’t limited to manufacturing green electric vehicles. To achieve carbon neutrality in the automotive industry, Toyota is looking to integrate energy policies such as renewable energy and charging infrastructure, with industrial policies such as vehicle purchase subsidies, supplier support, and battery recycling systems. The brand is planning on promoting electrification strategies that contribute to reducing CO2 emissions throughout the entire lifecycle of a vehicle.
The Toyota bZ4X has been jointly developed with Subaru and adopts the e-TNGA BEV-dedicated platform that was jointly developed by the two companies; it takes advantage of the strength of Toyota, which boasts expertise in vehicle electrification, and Subaru, which possesses outstanding AWD technologies, and realizes driving performance that is both comfortable and enjoyable.
With its long wheelbase and short overhangs, the bZ4X’s exterior design is quite distinctive and looks similar to an earlier Subaru concept. Toyota describes the interior as an “open-concept” that focuses on driver comfort, such as the low position of the instrument panel and the location of the gauges above the steering wheel for improved visibility.
The photos reveal the bZ4X is a two-row SUV with seating for up to five passengers. Exterior and interior dimensions were not provided but the vehicle looks smaller than the Toyota RAV4, at least from the outside. EVs generally have long wheelbases to accommodate the floor-mounted battery pack and this often translates to generous interior volume.
In establishing a full line-up of electrified vehicles, Toyota has been progressing its plan to introduce 15 BEV models by 2025, including seven new BEV models of the Toyota bZ series. In India, Toyota is promoting sustainable mobility with their self-charging hybrid technology that features on the Camry and the Vellfire. But with heavy importance being laid on electric vehicles as future mobility solutions, we expect Toyota to introduce EVs in India in the upcoming years.