Competes with: Ford Mustang Mach-E, Subaru Solterra, Volkswagen ID.4
Looks like: A shinier Subaru Solterra (a related SUV developed jointly with Toyota) or an edgier Toyota Venza
Powertrains: Roughly 200-horsepower electric motor or 215-hp dual motors with a 71.4-kilowatt-hour battery pack; front-wheel drive (single motor) or all-wheel drive (dual motors)
Hits dealerships: Globally in mid-2022; U.S. date TBD
Global details for Toyota’s bZ4X all-electric SUV are finally available, and the automaker’s first nationally available electric vehicle promises to be an interesting experience, at least in some markets. As these are global details, we can’t yet be certain of what exactly the bZ4X will offer those of us in North America, but the SUV — a joint development with Subaru, similar to what occurred with the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86 sports cars — should go on sale globally in the middle of 2022. Stateside availability is in the plan: Just weeks after Toyota unveiled a concept version of the SUV in China last April, the automaker’s U.S. arm said to expect the production model sometime in 2022.
We’ve speculated a bit on what we’d like to see from yet another mass-market EV, and while we don’t have full details yet, it does appear that some of what we’re looking for will be present. At the same time, some of what Toyota will offer in the bZ4X seems, well, futuristic just for the sake of it.
Power, Range and Charging
As with many battery-electric vehicles, the bZ4X will come in single- or dual-motor versions, with the dual-motor variant capable of driving all four wheels. The single-motor bZ4X will be front-wheel drive. Both versions will use the same 71.4-kilowatt-hour battery pack, with horsepower ratings varying from roughly 200 (FWD) to 215 (AWD) total hp.
We had hoped that Toyota would prioritize range over performance, and it seems like the bZ4X does that. Toyota estimates total range for both FWD and AWD versions will land around 310 and 285 miles, respectively. But those numbers don’t employ U.S. EPA testing cycles. Stay tuned for the bZ4X’s EPA-rated range closer to when it goes on sale.
Toyota says the FWD version will go from 0-62 mph in 8.4 seconds, dropping to 7.7 seconds with AWD. Charging estimates aren’t fully available, but Toyota says the bZ4X can reach an 80% charge in 30 minutes using DC fast charging. Maximum charging power is 6.6 kilowatts with AC power and 150 kW with DC.