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First pictures: Toyota bZ4X – Toyota’s first EV

Toyota has revealed its first full electric model, the bZ4X. The brand says it is the first in a series of bZ EVs, with the designation standing for beyond Zero.

The bZ4X is a five-seat SUV with an expected maximum range figure of over 280 miles once final specifications are confirmed. That comes from a 71.4kWh battery mated to a 150kW/201hp electric motor in the front-drive car, or a 215hp motor in the four-wheel drive car, the latter taking 0.7 seconds off the 0-62mph acceleration time of the front-drive car’s 8.4 seconds.

Size-wise, it’s 160mm longer and 85mm lower than Toyota’s Rav4 model, and the 452-litre boot space, complete with adjustable floor, compares with the Rav4’s 580 litres, but is in the right area compared to other electric SUVs. The brand also claimed class-leading legroom for all occupants thanks to the long wheelbase and short overhangs.

The four-wheel drive version features snow/mud, deep snow and mud and grip control settings.

The bZ branding, said Toyota, represents “the environmental leadership the company has pursued since pioneering electrified mobility with the original Prius” in 1997, and gives the brand a powertrain line-up that covers hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid, battery and fuel cell.

The first car to be built on the company’s new dedicated battery electric vehicle platform co-developed with Subaru and set to underpin the fellow Japanese brand’s first EV in 2024, Toyota has said that targeted battery life for the bZ4X is that it is still at 90% capacity after 10 years or 150,000 miles. It said that incorporating the battery unit as an integral part of the chassis beneath the vehicle floor gives benefits including low centre of gravity, excellent front/rear weight balance, and high body rigidity, which helps levels of safety and ride and handling.

The order book opens on 15 December ahead of deliveries in the third quarter of 2022.

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