After years of defending the advantages of hybrid cars, it seems Toyota has finally made the jump to all-electric models. It all comes to fruition this week with the global announcement of the production version of Toyota bZ4X, a model that will initially be marketed in Japan. This is the first all-electric model in a long series according to Toyota.
Toyota This concept was introduced some time ago bZ4X. If you like its design, know that the production version retains the essence of the concept in terms of style.
The vehicle is based on Toyota’s dedicated battery electric vehicle platform. Dubbed eTNGA, the platform was unveiled in conjunction with Subaru which, for its part, will use it as the basis for the Soltera, its first electric vehicle. To determine your location, the car will fit into the class of compact SUVs; Its dimensions are similar to the Toyota RAV4, it is slightly smaller.
Up to 450 kilometers of autonomy
According to first published data, the bZ4X will offer a 71.4 kWh battery positioned on the ground to lower the vehicle’s center of gravity and promote better weight distribution between front and rear. Even if the manufacturer doesn’t officially publish the values, it envisions a range of 450 kilometers under WLTP standards, and therefore slightly lower under our EPA standards. The manufacturer also mentions the addition of a heat pump to reduce the loss of autonomy associated with heating the passenger compartment.
Two versions will be offered: front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The former will have a 150-kilowatt electric motor that makes 201 horsepower and produces 195 pound-feet of torque. According to Toyota, the speed from 0 to 100 km / h will be crossed in just 8.4 seconds.
As for the all-wheel drive version, it will be equipped with a pair of 80 kW electric motors, one in the front and the other in the rear. Combined power will be 215 hp for 248 lb-ft of torque, allowing the vehicle to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just over 7.7 seconds.
The car will be able to recover 80% of its load in 30 minutes; Toyota will also offer a solar panel to ensure the battery is recharged. It will also be equipped with a fully computerized tube (wire routing), thus without any mechanical connection.
The bZ4X is part of Toyota’s new “Post-Zero” brand that will collect all of the manufacturer’s battery-powered vehicles. Details of Canadian products will be shared in mid-November. Toyota plans to introduce seven “bZ” cars by 2025.
The model is expected to be commercialized in Canada in mid-2022.
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