Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer Toyota has unveiled the final production version of its first fully-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), the bZ4X.
The new bZ4x is also the first model under Toyota’s bZ Series, dedicated to its battery-electric vehicle line-up. The world’s best-selling carmaker has stated that it will launch 15 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) worldwide by 2025.
Toyota did not announce a price range or sales target for the bZ4X but noted that joint development and procurement of core components with affiliate Subaru would help rein in the normally high cost of producing BEVs.
“The model would also initially be built on a mixed line with gasoline-engine cars, both in Japan and China. It will be sold in Japan, North America, China, and Europe starting in mid-2022,” the company said.
The car will be available in front-wheel and four-wheel-drive versions, with the latter having a range of roughly 500 kilometers (310 miles). In the absence of a charging station or in crisis situations, a roof-mounted solar panel can be utilized to charge the battery, according to Toyota.
The Toyota bZ4x is based on the concept version of the SUV that was showcased earlier this year. The e-TNGA platform, which places the battery on the floor, supports the electric SUV. This layout helps lower the center of gravity, increase cabin space and also improve chassis rigidity, as per the company.
“The bZ4X will also feature the third generation of Toyota Safety Sense, with an improved Pre-Collision System to recognize vehicles that are oncoming and cutting in; low-speed acceleration suppression; and emergency stopping assistance,” Toyota noted.
The automobile company will officially launch the bZ4x in December, with sales expected to commence in early 2022, as per the reports.