Although Toyota has been leading the way in hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, it has not made any moves in terms of pure electric models. It did not disclose the bZ4X concept car until this year. Recently, its mass production version has finally been officially announced and more details have been disclosed.
The bZ4X announced by Toyota this time is the first to use the e-TNGA chassis for electric vehicles jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru. It is designed with the shape of the battery and motor to lower the center and increase the strength of the body. In the bZ4X car name, the part of bZ refers to Beyond-Zero, which means beyond zero emission, and other bZ series cars will be launched in the future.
bZ4X is about the same size as RAV4, but is slightly longer and shorter. Its horsepower is 201hp (front drive) and 214hp (rear drive), and the range is about 500 kilometers (WLTC, front drive) or 460 kilometers (WLTC, four-wheel drive). Users can choose to install solar panels on the roof, which is estimated to provide an additional 1,800 kilometers of endurance each year. The steering system will also be switched to a wire-controlled design, called One Motion Grip. There is no longer a mechanical linkage between the wheel and the steering system, and pure electronic control will be used.
In terms of the inner cage, the design of bZ4X is comparable to that of the avant-garde, using a flat handle similar to Tesla, which is said to improve operation and convenience, but there will be different settings depending on the market. Initially, only flat handles will be used in the Chinese market.
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