Toyota bZ4X offers a glimpse into the future

Toyota bZ4X to pave the way for Toyota’s electric future

Reuben Van Niekerk
Toyota South Africa
electric SUV

Toyota recently presented a concept version of the forthcoming Toyota bZ4X at the Shanghai Motor show, the first zero-emission battery electric vehicle and medium-size SUV with all-wheel drive.


The bZ, or beyond Zero, reinforces Toyota’s commitment to achieving zero carbon emissions and carbon neutrality, but also going beyond to realise new benefits for the environment, for individuals and for society as a whole.

The new Toyota bZ4X Concept has been developed in partnership with Subaru and sales of the production version are expected to commence around the middle of 2022.


Futuristically styled exterior

The exterior design anticipates people’s high expectations of an electric vehicle with an overall form that marries dynamism and utility with a high driving position and sensuous surfaces, combined with precise and high-tech styling.


The front of the vehicle dispenses with the familiar grille and instead features an arrangement of sensors, lights and aero elements in a distinctive hammerhead form, generating a new attitude and road presence.

Built on the new e-TNGA modular platform, a long wheelbase and short overhangs help create a notably spacious and open cabin.


Battery management: a key to optimising range

The development team has reaped the benefits of more than 20 years of Toyota’s leadership in vehicle electrification, which has ensured the electric powertrain, motor, control unit and battery system deliver class-leading efficiency and a very competitive driving range.


The car’s environmental profile is further strengthened by an on-board solar charging system, which enhances the distance that can be covered.


An authentic SUV

The all-wheel drive system, delivered by electric motors on the front and rear axles, has been developed together with Subaru in order to offer best in class all-wheel drive capability that sets the Toyota bz4X Concept apart.


Steer by wire system

The Toyota bZ4X Concept will be available with a world first combination of a steering yoke and a steer by wire system. Steer by wire dispenses with the traditional, circular steering wheel, replacing it with a different shape yoke control, so the driver no longer has to move their hands around the wheel as they turn.


The Toyota bZ strategy

The Toyota bZ4X Concept is the first model to feature Toyota’s new bZ, beyond Zero, naming convention. By 2025, Toyota aims to introduce 15 battery electric vehicles, including seven Toyota bZ models.


On a local front, Toyota South Africa is committed to support the transition to alternative propulsion vehicles, whilst at the same time expanding their Hybrid portfolio by introducing Hybrid variants of mainstream models. In addition, the development of mild-hybrid variants within selected LCV and SUV model ranges, will help improve vehicle efficiency and in turn bridge the gap to Toyota’s full-spectrum electric models.