Toyota officially launches the bZ4X, its first full electric vehicle in nearly a decade

Toyota’s bZ4X electric vehicle will hit dealerships this spring, catalyzing the Japanese automaker’s launch into pure electric vehicles, its first in nearly a decade.

“The all-electric Toyota bZ4X SUV not only seeks to reinforce Toyota’s commitment to a carbon-neutral future, but it does so in style,” the company said after the vehicle’s launch this morning. “Ready to make a new mark on the battery electric vehicle (BEV) segment, the bZ4X combines bold, modern styling with tech-laden features in a supremely capable platform.”

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The bZ4X is Toyota’s first addition to the bZ Global Series, which stands for “Beyond Zero”. Designed and developed with people at heart, Toyota said it hopes to provide more than a mobility solution for customers, but also an innovative space for drivers to imagine a new era of the company’s vehicles.

The bZ4X is a competitive and attractive option for electric vehicle buyers. Important metrics such as range and performance are central to any consumer’s decision in the emerging electric vehicle sector, and Toyota has brought competitive numbers with its bZ launch offering. The bZ4X offers a range of 252 miles in its front-drive XLE models and will start at just $42,000. Not to mention that the bZ4X body style is a common selection in the US market. Combining functionality and sleek design, it is neither bulky nor restrictive.

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Toyota said the design of the bZ4X focuses on a “smooth and dynamic silhouette”. “The profile of the bZ4X is balanced and elegant, with dynamic character lines that run from front to rear,” the automaker said. It’s a sporty look that also encapsulates some futuristic features, like the closed grille area that’s just not achievable on a gasoline-powered vehicle. Despite its design, it still has the classic Toyota look, keeping the vehicle unique in its own way, not straying too far from the general vibe of its cars.

Four trim levels, all under $50,000

Toyota will offer four trim levels for the bZ4X: two levels with XLE and Limited and two transmissions, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

  • 2023 Toyota bZ4X XLE TA – $42,000
  • 2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited FWD – $46,700
  • 2023 Toyota bZ4X XLE AWD – $44,080
  • 2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD – $48,780

Front-wheel-drive trim levels will produce 201 horsepower, with all-wheel-drive configurations offering slightly more at 214. The instant torque will help the bZ4X achieve a 7.1-second 0-60 MPH time for FWD trims and only 6 .5 seconds for AWD transmissions.

All bZ4X models are equipped with a J1772/CCS1 socket, so home and public charging will be a breeze. Toyota said there’s also a 6.6 kW on-board charger, which allows the bZ4X to charge from low to full in about 9 hours with a Level 2 charger at home or in public.

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Toyota’s big plans for electric vehicles

About a quarter of Toyota’s total U.S. sales in 2021 were for its electrified vehicles, he said. However, these are not pure electric vehicles and included hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, hybrids and plug-in hybrids.

However, Toyota has big plans for pure electric vehicles, despite its focus on other powertrains for many years. Globally, Toyota plans to expand to around 70 electrified models by 2025, including 15 dedicated pure electric vehicles. Seven of the fifteen will carry the bZ brand name. “This diverse portfolio of electrified products will help propel Toyota toward its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050,” the company added. “Globally, Toyota has put more than 20 million electrified models on the road – with a CO2 emission reduction effect equivalent to CO2 reduction in emissions of more than 5.5 million BEV. Over the next nine years, Toyota will invest more than $70 billion across all electrified vehicles with the goal of launching 3.5 million BEVs globally by 2030.”

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Toyota officially launches the bZ4X, its first full electric vehicle in nearly a decade