Toyota has presented a concept version of the forthcoming Toyota bZ4X at the Shanghai Motor Show, previewing the first in a series of zero-emission battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
The Toyota bZ4X, a medium-size SUV with all-wheel drive, is part of Toyota’s transition from a pure car company to a business dedicated to delivering better mobility for all.
The Toyota bZ4X Concept is the first model to feature Toyota’s new bZ – beyond Zero – naming convention. By 2025, Toyota aims to introduce 15 battery electric vehicles, including seven Toyota bZ models.
The new Toyota bZ4X Concept has been developed by Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) in partnership with Subaru Corporation (Subaru), drawing on the specific skills and experience of each company. Sales of the production version are expected to commence around the middle of 2022.
The Toyota bZ4X Concept is built on the new e-TNGA modular platform, developed specifically for electric vehicles, with its all-wheel drive system powered by electric motors on the front and rear axles, which has been developed together with Subaru.
The car will feature a world first combination of a steering yoke and a steer-by-wire system on a mass production car. Steer-by-wire dispenses with the traditional, circular steering wheel, replacing it with a different shape “yoke” control, so the driver no longer has to move their hands around the wheel as they make a turn.
The new Toyota bZ4X Concept is the latest milestone in Toyota’s journey to achieve zero emissions that began more than 20 years ago with the launch of the original Prius, the world’s first mass-production hybrid electric car.