Toyota chose the Shanghai Auto Show to unveil its new prototype for a world premiere Toyota bZ4X, which becomes the first member of a future range of electric vehicles.
This mid-size, all-wheel drive vehicle has been developed by Toyota in collaboration with Subaru and the forecast is that the final version will be marketed in the middle of 2022.
The basis of the SUV is the e-TNGA modular platform of Toyota, created for electric vehicles and incorporating a bigger and more powerful battery that improves the autonomy, durability and reliability of the model.
The bZ4X is the first vehicle to incorporate the nomenclature bZ (beyond Zero, beyond zero) and stated that, until 2025, it will launch 15 battery electric models, among which are seven Toyota bZ vehicles. By 2025 the company will have 70 electrified vehicles around the world.
The firm stressed that the bZ models will help achieve its carbon neutrality objective, which refers to the approaches and initiatives aimed at neutralizing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions throughout the vehicle's life cycle.
In addition, this steer-by-wire system dispenses with the circular steering wheel, as it eliminates the need for the driver to move their hands across the steering wheel rim to make the turn, enhancing driving pleasure.