The highly anticipated all-electric Toyota SUV has finally been revealed. Called the bZ4X, it is slightly smaller than the bestselling RAV4 and will launch in the United States in mid-2022.
According to Toyota, its first electric SUV will have either a single- or dual-motor powertrain drawing power from a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. The single-motor version will produce 201 horsepower while the dual-motor version will produce 215 horsepower and accelerate from 0-60 mph in an estimated 7.7 seconds.
Working with Subaru, Toyota modified its Toyota New Global Architecture to support the creation of zero-emission vehicles. The bZ4X will use this architecture along with various new all-electric models to come. Expect to see the “bZ” branding appear on other vehicles in the future: the bX4X is just the first of seven EVs Toyota expects to launch by 2025.
According to Toyota, the bZ4X should be able to travel 250 miles on a single electric charge. With a 150-kW fast charger, you will be able to recharge the battery to about 80 percent in only 30 minutes. The crossover will also be sold with optional solar panels capable of adding an extra 1,000 miles of driving range per year.
The bZ4X will also be the first Toyota vehicle to feature the company’s newest suite of advanced driver assistance systems, Toyota Safety Sense™ 3.0. It will go into production in mid-2022 and likely arrive at the Northcutt Toyota showroom in Enid, Oklahoma, in the late summer.