We’ve already seen Toyota’s upcoming BEV, the bZ4x, earlier this month, but the Japanese car company officially debuted the crossover yesterday, revealing that it will go on sale in the middle of next year and have an estimated top range of 400 kilometres from the XLE FWD trim level.
The bZ4x is the first of a line of seven all-electric vehicles coming from Toyota under the bZ moniker – bZ standing for ‘beyond Zero’ emissions. The automaker plans a total of 70 electrified models by 2025.
The overall look, whether or not you like the sharp edges and heavy use of black plastic, follows Toyota’s design language. It’s a mid-sized crossover slotting between the RAV4 and Venza, and was designed in conjunction with the Subaru Solterra, sharing that models dimensions of 4,690mm in length, 1,860mm in width and 1,650mm in height, not to mention being almost a carbon copy in design.
Built on the BEV-dedicated e-TNGA platform, and will come in both front-drive and all-wheel-drive variants, the latter featuring what Toyota calls XMODE(R) and Grip Control for added off-road performance, though don’t expect this crossover to be a rock crawler by any means.
The bZ4x will be the first Toyota to carry the latest Toyota Safety Sense safety package (TSS 3.0), with updated features such as the Pre-collision system, which has been improved to offer Low-Light Cyclist Detection, Daytime Motorcyclist Detection and Guardrail Detection. Also, lane recognition is enhanced to add improved functionality while in Lane Tracing Assist mode.
Canadians will also appreciate that the bZ4x will have a heat pump system for both heating and air-conditioning, seat and steering wheel heaters and even a front-seat radiant foot-and-leg heater.