Toyota has unveiled at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show its first global all-electric model, the Toyota bZ4X, which will enter the market in mid-2021. It should actually arrive at the U.S. dealerships in Spring. It’s expected to be available in all 50 states.

Just like in Japan, there will be two versions of the Toyota bZ4X:

  • front-wheel drive with 150 kW electric motor and 71.4 kWh battery for up to 250 miles (402 km) of range
  • all-wheel drive with 160 kW system output (2x 80 kW) and 72.8 kWh battery (the range estimation was not disclosed)

The main difference compared to the Japanese version is that the AWD version has a 72.8 kWh battery (we guess that there will be two separate battery cell suppliers – thus the difference).

The good thing is that the battery should be really long-lasting with target capacity retention of 90% of initial capacity after 10 years of ownership.

The Toyota bZ4X is based on the BEV-dedicated e-TNGA platform jointly with Subaru. The car itself will be offered also as the Subaru Solterra (in the U.S. only in AWD version).

The Japanese manufacturer has provided the few first pre-production bZ4X units to the media for static preview of the car, so let’s take a look at this new model.

In our opinion, it might be a very important model to attract Toyota’s customers to BEVs, but its success is of course highly dependent on the pricing.

Toyota bZ4X specs (U.S.):

[See Japanese specs here]

Toyota bZ4X FWD version:

  • Manufacturer-estimated range: up to 250 miles (402 km)
  • 71.4 kWh battery
    355 V, liquid cooled
    battery capacity retention ratio (target): 90% after 10 years or 240,000 km (150,000 miles)
  • front-wheel drive (E-axle – integrated motor, single-speed transmission and inverter)
    “AC synchronous” motor
  • peak system output of 150 kW and 265 Nm of torque
  • Weight: 4,232 lbs/1,920 kg (4,839 lbs/2,195 kg total)
  • Dimensions: Length – 184.6 in, Width – 73.2 in, Height – 64.9 in (inc. antenna), Wheelbase – 112.2 in
  • Heat pump-type air-conditioning
  • Over-the-air (OTA) software updates
  • e-TNGA platform

Toyota bZ4X AWD version:

  • Manufacturer-estimated range: N/A
  • 72.8 kWh battery
    355 V, liquid cooled
    battery capacity retention ratio (target): 90% after 10 years or 240,000 km (150,000 miles)
  • dual motor all-wheel drive (E-axle – integrated motor, single-speed transmission and inverter)
    two 80 kW “AC synchronous” motors
  • peak system output of 160 kW and 336 Nm of torque
  • Weight: 4,420 lbs/2,005 kg (5,015 lbs/2,275 kg total)
  • Dimensions: Length – 184.6 in, Width – 73.2 in, Height – 64.9 in (inc. antenna), Wheelbase – 112.2 in
  • Heat pump-type air-conditioning
  • Over-the-air (OTA) software updates
  • e-TNGA platform


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