two versions and more than 450 km of autonomy

two versions and more than 450 km of autonomy

The Japanese firm today launches the new Toyota bZ4X 2022, the first model in a new series of battery electric vehicles. It is a mid-size all-wheel drive SUV that will be an integral part of Toyota’s transition to 100% electric mobility. As you can see, it is very faithful in terms of design and technology to the prototype from which it is inspired.

The “BZ” is an acronym for the English phrase that we could translate as “Beyond zero”, reinforcing Toyota’s commitment to not only achieve zero carbon emissions and carbon neutrality, but also to go further to achieve new benefits for the environment, people and society as a whole.

two versions and more than 450 km of autonomy

Toyota aims to offer us no less than 15 electric vehicles, including 7 Toyota bZ models.

The Toyota bZ4X is based on the new e-TNGA modular platform, developed specifically for electric vehicles. A long wheelbase and short overhangs help create a remarkably spacious and open cabin. In fact, the legroom at the rear is equivalent to that of a D-segment model.

The new Toyota bZ4X has been developed by Toyota Motor Corporation (TOYOTA) in partnership with Subaru Corporation (SUBARU), based on the specific skills and experience of each company. It will be presented in Europe on December 2. Later an online reservation process will be opened and the first units will arrive mid 2022.

two versions and more than 450 km of autonomy

The slim front grill features an adjustable louver to channel air to cool the battery and help reduce wind resistance.

Uncompromising design for the 2022 Toyota bZ4X

Toyota has developed a elegant and robust design for the bZ4X. The front appearance is devoid of superfluous decorations. It is distinguished by a new ‘hammer’ shape at the front, with slim headlamps and an emphasis on the ends that conveys firmness. On the side, the silhouette is clean, with a low overall height.

We see slender front pillars and a low waistline that reflects the low center of gravity. The wheel arch moldings and alloy wheels up to 20 inches they express their SUV character. At the rear the design focuses on highlighting the corners, with a split roof spoiler and a ‘duck tail’ rear spoiler.

Uncompromising design for the 2022 Toyota bZ4X

Compared to the Toyota RAV4, the bZ4X is 85mm lower, with shorter overhangs and 160mm more wheelbase. The bonnet line has been lowered by 50mm and features a category-leading turning angle of 5.7 meters. The design also incorporates aerodynamic elements that contribute to increasing their autonomy.

The interior design theme is ‘lagom’, a Swedish word that expresses that something is ‘just perfect’. They reflect comfort and spaciousness. The use of soft textures, high-quality fabrics, satin details and the option of a panoramic roof stand out. The dashboard is slim and is located lower.

two versions and more than 450 km of autonomy

It consists of a 7 inch screen, which is combined with a large screen for the infotainment system. The long wheelbase offers great interior space. The volume of the trunk is also generous, with an adjustable tray. With the rear seats in the use position, it offers up to 452 liters capacity.

Under the skin of the new electric

We will see two mechanical options on the Toyota bZ4X. The basic model with front-wheel drive assemble an electric motor of 204 hp (150 kW) and 265 Nm of pair. These figures allow you to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 160 km / h. The model with all-wheel drive generates a maximum power of 217.5 hp and 336 Nm of pair.

Top speed is the same, but completes 0-100 km / h in 7.7 seconds (provisional performance figures until homologation). The system offers the option of driving with a single pedal. The high-density lithium ion battery has a capacity of 71.4 kWh, with which an autonomy of more than 450 km (WLTP).

two versions and more than 450 km of autonomy

The battery is water cooled.

It has a heat pump for air conditioning and the battery can be charged to 80% in about 30 minutes with a 150 kW fast charge (CCS2). This model will have an 11 kW three-phase charger on board. Toyota expects a battery performance reduction of just 10% in 10 years of use, or 150,000 miles.

It is worth mentioning that the all-wheel drive model has independent 80 kW motors on both axles. Includes the XMODE function, with different driving modes, settings for snow / mud, thick snow and mud – below 20 km / h-, and grip control for a tougher off-road driving – below 10 km / h-.

two versions and more than 450 km of autonomy

Interesting news for the Toyota bZ4X 2022

The bZ4X will be the first production Toyota model to offer the steering-by-wire systemOne Motion Grip-. Of course, its introduction in Europe is scheduled for later. This electronic system dispenses with the mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the front wheels, and adjusts the angle of the tires precisely according to the driver’s intention.

The traditional steering wheel is replaced by the control One Motion Grip, whose operation is much easier and more fluid, without the need to cross your arms when turning. Thus, you can go from top to bottom just by turning 150 degrees. Since the system has no physical connections, possible tire vibrations in steering are suppressed.

two versions and more than 450 km of autonomy

However, the driver can still feel sensations such as irregularities in the road surface. In addition, its characteristics can be modified depending on the selected driving mode. There will also be a roof with solar panel optional as in the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which can be used both with the vehicle on or off.

With the bZ4X we will also see the third generation Toyota Safety Sense system. It will have new and improved features that offer added protection. Among the novelties, an expansion of the Pre-Collision Safety System stands out. On the other hand, we will see a new multimedia system with updates of software wireless.

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