Toyota plans to go “Beyond Zero” emissions over the next few years by launching a new sub-brand of “bZ” battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), a move heralded by the mid-April reveal of its bZ4X concept.
Though technically only a prototype, the bZ4X – jointly developed with Subaru, which loaned its expertise in AWD powertrains, among other things – looks not at all far from dealership-showroom-ready.
And it almost has to be, if Toyota is being earnest about offering 15 dedicated BEVs by 2025, roughly half of which will wear this new bZ badge. This electric SUV itself has a mid-2022 target date for global sales, leaving not much time at all for it to morph into production form.
The bZ4X sits on Toyota’s new BEV-dedicated e-TNGA platform and, as mentioned above, will feature all-wheel-drive. The wheels are pushed out to the corners for a long-wheelbase chassis leaving plenty of room for the passengers in the concept’s open-concept cabin.
Toyota didn’t say much about the bZ4X beyond that, though, letting these pictures speak for themselves and promising North American product info at a later date. The production version will be built in Japan and China (and from what we gather, the Japanese-market car will get a cool yoke-style steering wheel we won’t).
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Beyond the seven Beyond Zero vehicles it has planned, and beyond the 15 BEVs in the cards, too, Toyota’s aiming for a total 70 electrified models in its global portfolio by 2025. Helping it get there will be hybrid and battery-electric versions of its pickup truck range, it said in the same announcement. Again, details were scarce, there, but we’re sure are forthcoming.
The Japanese automaker is now one of several aiming for complete carbon-neutrality in its product offerings, in Toyota’s case by 2050.