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Toyota bZ Series to Take on Nissan Ariya with bZ4X

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  • A concept version of the first model in the series, the Toyota bZ4X, to be unveiled in Shanghai
  • 15 BEVs, including 7 Toyota bZ BEVs, will be introduced globally by 2025

Toyota has just announced the Toyota bZ series for their battery electric vehicles (BEVs) line. Prior to the Auto Shanghai public opening, it unveiled the Toyota BZ4X which is the first model from the series. This slick looking SUV will surely give the Nissan Ariya a run for its money if the production unit looks anything similar – further extending the rivalry beyond the Landcruiser and Patrol SUVs.

The Japanese giant is looking to launch a full line-up of electrified vehicles with 15 models planned for launch by 2025.

The new Toyota bZ series of BEVs takes on a ‘human-centered’ targeted first for China, US, and Europe. The vehicles will then be launch in other markets where there is increased demand. The Toyota bZ series models will be built on new BEV dedicated platforms with features as follows: Practical cruising range that considers the operating environment, so that customers can choose our products with peace of mind, and Open and freestyle interior and uniquely designed exterior utilizing BEV packaging

Development of the Toyota bZ series is based on BEV-dedicated platforms that can be used with multiple variations in terms of size and design. The company is also taking the not ‘to reinvent the wheel’ approach, and will jointly develop the series with its partners, like Subaru.

Toyota and Subaru jointly developed the Toyota bZ4X

This new vehicle adopts the e-TNGA BEV-dedicated platform that was jointly developed by the two companies. Toyota taking the lead on vehicle electrification, and Subaru on AWD technologies.

The bZ4X is described as follows:

  • The bZ4X combines a long wheelbase with a short overhang, resulting in both a distinctive design, and in an interior space comparable to a D-segment sedan.
  • A uniquely shaped steering wheel eliminates the need to change grip when steering, and also contributes to a spacious interior; the vehicle adopts a steer-by-wire system that provides a smooth driving feel aligned with the driver’s intentions.
  • The low position of the instrument panel and the location of the meters above the steering wheel serve not only to enhance the vehicle’s sense of space, but also improve visibility and contribute to safe and secure driving.
  • The bZ4X adopts a new AWD system jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru; it combines safe and pleasing driving performance.
  • In addition to the use of regenerative energy systems, the vehicle also adopts a solar recharging system; this recharges the battery while stationary, and further enhances the unique environmental performance of a BEV.

Toyota plans to produce the Toyota bZ4X in Japan and China, and looks to begin worldwide sales of the model by the middle of 2022.

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