The Toyota bZ4X is the brand’s first all-electric model

Toyota has unveiled a brand new bZ4X car at the world premiere, the first model in the new bZ series – beyond Zero – from the battery electric vehicle (BEV) class.

In design and technology true to its concept predecessor, unveiled earlier this year, the bZ4X is ready for production, as the first model that Toyota has fully developed as a BEV. It is also the first car to be built on the company’s new dedicated BEV platform.

Based on the e-TNGA philosophy, the platform was jointly developed by Subaru and Toyota. Including the battery unit as an integral part of the chassis, under the floor of the vehicle, the key advantages of low center of gravity, excellent weight distribution back and forth and high rigidity of the body necessary for excellent safety, driving and handling are obtained.

The bZ4X is a spacious, comfortable SUV, available with a new all-wheel drive system that, in its class, provides the best terrain handling characteristics as well as performance with separate electric motors for each axle. The long wheelbase provides space for comfortable five-seater accommodation as well as high payload.

Toyota has used nearly 25 years of experience in battery-powered electric vehicle technology to ensure the world’s highest quality, durability and reliability of the bZ4X-powered lithium-ion unit. Even after 10 years of driving, the battery is expected to continue to work with 90% of its original performance, assuming that in 10 years it will cover about 240,000 kilometers.

With a fully charged battery, the expected range is more than 450 km (depending on the version, and the exact data will be confirmed later). The bZ4X will also offer advanced technological solutions, including a roof with a solar panel to help charge the battery while driving or while the vehicle is parked, as well as a third-generation Toyota Safety Sense with new and improved active safety and driver assistance systems.

The new bZ4X will have its European premiere on December 2, just before the opening of a special online booking service for customers who want to be among the first to receive this model.

Toyota bZ4X

Design – exterior

Toyota has designed a sleek and robust design for the bZ4X that is equally suited to modern urban life and the countryside, combining the advanced look of the BEV with the original qualities of an SUV. Moldings around the wheel arches, large rims (up to 20 inches in diameter) pushed to the very corners of the body and accentuated sills express the authentic SUV character of this car.

Compared to the Toyota RAV4, the exterior dimensions illustrate the design advantages inherent in the e-TNGA platform. For example, the bZ4X has an overall height that is 85 mm lower, shorter overhangs, but also a wheelbase that is 160 mm longer than the RAV4. The height of the hood has also been reduced by 50 mm. The overall agility is also reflected in the turning radius data of 5.7 m, which is the best result in the class.

Toyota bZ4X

Design – interior

The interior is in keeping with the theme “moderate” – it is a Swedish word that describes something that is “just right”. Here, this is reflected in the comfort and spaciousness that give the cabin a living room-like environment, accompanied by a feeling enhanced by the use of soft, interwoven decorative textures, details with a satin finish and a panoramic roof option.

The instrument panel is narrow and low set, which contributes to the feeling of openness and provides the driver with better visibility. The “hands on the steering wheel, eyes on the road” principle is supported by a human-centered cockpit, as the 7-inch TFT display with instruments and information screen is located directly in the front line of the driver’s eyes, above the steering wheel, so data can be viewed with minimal startup eyes.

The long wheelbase, the largest in its class, provides plenty of legroom for all passengers, with a distance of one meter between the point of the passenger’s hips in the front and rear seats. There is also plenty of space for things, with an adjustable boot floor – with raised and placed rear seats, up to 452 l is available.

Toyota bZ4X

Performance

The bZ4X variant with front-wheel drive is powered by a 150 kW electric motor with excellent response. It produces 204 hp and 265 Nm of torque, allowing acceleration from 0-100 km / h in 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 160 km / h. The all-wheel drive version has a maximum power of 217.5 hp, with 336 Nm of torque; top speed is the same, while acceleration to 100 km / h is reduced to 7.7 seconds. All of these performance figures remain indicative prior to homologation.

The system offers a “single pedal” option with boost in energy regeneration during braking, allowing the driver to accelerate and decelerate the vehicle using just the accelerator pedal.

Toyota bZ4X


Source: Auto magazin by www.magazinauto.com.

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