Toyota has previewed the Japanese brand's first battery-electric vehicle at Auto China with the Toyota bZ4X Concept. The concept car, developed by Toyota in partnership with Subaru, is expected to go into production in mid-2022.
The all-wheel-drive mid-size SUV is built on the e-TNGA modular platform developed specifically for battery-electric vehicles and is the first model from the new "bZ" portfolio, this abbreviation standing for "beyond Zero". Toyota is not yet giving technical details about the bZ4X Concept's powertrain.
Toyota attributes great importance to the concept car: "The all-wheel-drive mid-size SUV marks the shift from a pure carmaker to a holistic mobility provider," the statement reads. "Our customers value time spent together with family and friends, and if they want to enjoy such times, the Toyota bZ4X Concept can serve as a 'hub' for that," explains chief engineer Koji Toyoshima.
Since the bZ4X is not the electric version of a combustion car, it gets an independent look. Instead of the radiator grille, the various sensors, lights and aero elements are supposed to visually form a "striking" shape that conveys strength and presence. Toyota does talk about the bZ4X Concept being based on the e-TNGA developed specifically for battery electric cars, which is supposed to allow for a "long wheelbase with short overhangs". However, in the published pictures of the study, the front looks quite long and the proportions rather conventional - for example, compared to a Hyundai Ioniq 5 with a smooth three-metre wheelbase. Unfortunately, Toyota also does not mention any figures to compare the bZ4X Concept with other E-SUVs.