Toyota's All-Electric 2023 bZ4X
Testing New Waters
Owners of Toyota’s excellent Prius Hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid hatchback models will tell you that they are loyal to their popular people mover. I personally own one that has nearly 300,000 trouble-free miles on the clock. But owners of these gasoline/electric cars have long wondered when Toyota would start coming out with all-electric vehicles. The automaker produced the RAV4 EV as a localized test and is now ready to sell a proper all-electric EV worldwide.
Toyota's New 2023 bz4X
The 2023 bZ4X is an all-new crossover SUV that will appear in American dealerships nationwide in mid-2022. It will fit nicely among the growing list of crossover EVs that include the Chevy Bolt, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and the Hyundai Kona Electric.
The bZ4X has styling right out of a science fiction movie and looks nothing like its Prius brothers and sisters. With its space shuttle-like front end, it looks as though it would fit in nicely in orbit around Mars. The four-door hatchback will be available in a single electric motor and dual electric motor set-up. The entry level LE variant with its front-wheel drive single electric motor will produce 201 horsepower and its 64-kWh battery pack will go 250 miles before you need a charge.
The more expensive XLE trim version will include more bells and whistles as standard and will come with two electric motors for all-wheel drive and will boost the horsepower to 215 in order to take you from zero to 60 miles per hour in about seven seconds. Not exactly as fast as a speeding bullet, but plenty good for an everyday family hauler. Optional 20-inch wheels will give the Bee-Zee more sinister appeal. Fast charging will be standard, and Toyota says that the solar panels integrated into the bZ4X will capture enough energy from the sun to power 1,000 miles of driving per year.
Inside the bZ4X
Inside, this EV will look more futuristic than your average crossover with a spacious cabin, and a sleek 12.3-inch Toyota audio multimedia touchscreen that puts all the system’s controls within easy reach. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come as standard and the bZ4X is the first vehicle to offer Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 which builds on the automaker’s impressive suite of safety and driver assist features. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control all come as standard features.
The bZ4X will be the first Toyota vehicle to utilize the new e-TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. This EV-only structure allows the battery to be placed low in the chassis (like a skateboard) for more space in the cabin and a lower center of gravity to enhance cornering stability.
Toyota has not released the MSRP for its zero-emission wonder car yet, but industry insiders suspect that the base trim LE model will cost somewhere in the high $30,000 range, while the dual-motor XLE variant may come in at over $40,000. We’re looking forward to putting this far-out EV through its paces right here in GreenCars. Stay tuned.
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