Toyota introduced the bZ4X, a battery-electric SUV that will put the Japanese brand back at the top of the market for zero-emission vehicles. Although it does not yet have specifications, a production version of the vehicle will be launch in 2022.
It is important to mention that last year Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda stated at an annual meeting that it was not a good idea to push for the electrification of the auto market.
Yet in recent months, the Japanese automaker has been teasing its first all-electric SUV to be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show.
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“Toyota envisions a future in which carbon neutrality is achieved through the practical marketization of a portfolio of products with advanced, alternative-fuel and zero-emission powertrain technologies. Already a leader in electrification, the company took a major step forward today with the introduction of the Toyota bZ4X Concept, a vision for the first of a global series of battery-electric vehicles to be introduced under the ‘Toyota bZ’ brand umbrella,” the automaker said in a press release.
“BZ” stands for “Beyond Zero”, and it will be a new Toyota sub-brand under which they plan to bring seven battery electric vehicles to market.
While Toyota did not disclose any specifications for the new electric SUV, it confirmed that it will be equipped with Subaru’s AWD technology.
“Jointly developed with Subaru, the Toyota bZ4X SUV Concept is built on the new e-TNGA BEV- dedicated platform. The concept conveys Toyota’s legendary quality, durability and long-term reliability (QDR) in combination with Subaru’s AWD capabilities to achieve a driving experience that is both comfortable and engaging,” said the brand.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago