Toyota has introduced its Toyota bZ4X Concept, the vision for the first of a global series of battery-electric vehicles to be introduced under the “Toyota bZ” (Beyond Zero) brand umbrella.
“Roughly the size of a RAV4, with the versatility to stand apart from other BEVs, it will be well-positioned in the sweet spot of the market,” said Lisa Materazzo, group vice president of Toyota marketing.
Jointly developed with Subaru, the Toyota bZ4X SUV Concept features the new e-TNGA BEV-dedicated platform. The Toyota bZ4X SUV Concept features a long wheelbase with short overhangs. The open-concept interior is designed to enhance driver comfort and confidence on the road, the company says, adding the low position of the instrument panel and the location of the meters above the steering wheel help expand the vehicle’s sense of space and increase visibility.
Overall, Toyota says it plans to expand to around 70 electrified models globally by 2025. This future lineup will feature 15 dedicated BEVs, including seven carrying the bZ brand moniker. In addition, Toyota intends to bring electrification to its pickup truck lineup in the near future. This portfolio of electrified products will help propel Toyota toward its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
More information on the production model of the Toyota bZ4X will be shared later this year, with sales planning to begin in 2022.