The Toyota bZ4X electric vehicle concept arrives to preview the Japanese brand’s entry into the burgeoning crossover segment. The company plans to launch the production version in mid-2022 with production in Japan and China. Unfortunately, the automaker is not yet willing to share details of the US market on the vehicle, saying the information will arrive “at a later date.”
The bZ4X sports a small hexagonal grille in the lower part of the fascia and vertical gills in the corners, but there are no openings in the front otherwise. The narrow headlights each have four LED elements and a daytime running light strip along the top.
In profile, the bZ4X has an intricate carving that includes a recessed section along the shoulder line and a crease in the lower part of the door that bends upward at the rear fenders. The C-pillar has a steep rake that creates a clean shape when you look at the crossover from the side.
The rear of the bZ4X follows the trend of incorporating a full-width strip for the taillights. The horizontally stacked LEDs create a futuristic look for the lamps.
Inside, the driver looks through the steering wheel at a digital dashboard that sits at the end of a gutter. The design appears to be a way of avoiding reflections on the screen while still maintaining an open design. A large infotainment screen sits at the top of the center console and the buttons to operate the HVAC system are located below. The center console houses a button controller for driving modes, buttons for switching assistance systems and an infotainment screen touchpad with a blue glow.
Toyota doesn’t discuss powertrain details beyond saying the bZ4X is all-wheel drive. The model is the result of a joint development with Subaru and is based on the e-TNGA platform for electric vehicles.
The nickname “bZ” means “beyond zero” and is Toyota’s designation for an upcoming family of electric vehicles. The company has previously applied for brands for the bZ1X through bZ5X names, in addition to them without the “ X, ” suggesting these wouldn’t have all-wheel drive.
Toyota plans to have seven models in the bZ family around the world by 2025, and they would be among 15 EVs in total. The automaker also intends to have around 70 products with some form of electrification by then. There is even an electrified van on the way.