Toyota is poised to re-enter the electric vehicle segment with the 2023 bZ4X crossover, which boasts edgy styling that sets it apart from Toyota’s gasoline-powered SUVs. Unlike the last all-electric vehicle the company offered—the RAV4 EV—the bZ4X will be sold at Toyota dealerships nationwide. Both a front and all-wheel drive model will be offered, with the former said to deliver up to 250 miles of driving per charge. The production version of the bZ4X is expected to hit Toyota showrooms in mid-2022.
Up until this point, Toyota has been one of the few global automakers dragging its heels on EV production. In fact, there is well-documented evidence of its efforts to impede EV adoption in favor of hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Nevertheless, Toyota seems to have had its head pulled out of the sand by the global market, and it has committed to some electric vehicles in 2022. One of which is its bZ4X electric SUV, part of the company’s new “beyond zero” lineup of vehicles.
The bZ4X will arrive in the US next year with an estimated 250-mile range on its FWD version. The range on the AWD trim remains TBD, although its previously revealed cruising range per charge (WLTC) is 460 km (286 miles). Expect the EPA range to be quite a bit lower.
US pricing hasn’t been released yet, but the electric SUV is expected to arrive in the US in mid-2022.