Following the reveal of the BZ4X Concept from April of 2021, Toyota has now revealed the production version that is, quite honestly, a lot like the concept – even down to the stout body lines. Oddly enough, there’s an optional Tesla-like yoke if you’re into that kind of thing, and it can be optioned with FWD or AWD. As the first of seven new models planned between now and the turn of the decade, the BZ4X represents the future of Toyota’s design and performance.
The BZ4X is about the size of the Toyota RAV4, and it rids on the automakers e-TNGA platform that is dedicated to electric vehicles. When it goes on sale in mid-2022, it will be offered with either one or two electric motors. The base offering will be a single-motor FWD crossover that’s good for 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. This model is said to accelerate to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in around 8.4 seconds and will reach a top speed of 160 km/h or 99 mph. If you decide to opt for the AWD model, you’ll benefit from the goodness of two electric motors – one on each axle. Total output for this model will be set at 215 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel the BZ4X up to 62.1 mph in 7.7 seconds with the same top speed of 99 mph.
Both models will feature a water-cooled battery that’s rated at 71.4 kWh. The AWD model it’ll be good enough to net you 285 miles (460 km) on a single charge, while the FWD model is said to be good for an extra 40 km or about 310 miles. However, it should be noted that these ratings are via the WLTP cycle, which means real-world usability will likely be a bit lower. Looking to the future, Toyota promises that the battery won’t lose more than 10-percent of its performance over the course of 10 years or 240,000 km (about 150,000 miles).
More notably, the BZ4X will be the first production model from Toyota to feature an optional steer-by-wife system, so there will be no mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the wheels. How this will play out in terms of safety or feedback to the driver remains to be seen, but Toyota says it will deliver improved setting feel and reduced vibrations at the steering wheel. The technology will, at first, only be available in certain markets and only equipped on vehicles that are equipped with the steering yoke.
Pricing and other data has yet to be released, but the BZ4X should hit the market sometime in the middle of 2022 and will be available in Europe, Japan, China, and the United States.