Japanese brands and names is not a happy combination. You would expect Toyota to pull out all the stops for such an important car as the bZ4X and come up with a flashy, well-mouthed model designation. But no! Akio Toyoda probably fell asleep on his keyboard and his nose and lips typed some random characters into an open World document. His lackeys saw that and thought, ‘bZ4X … brilliant!’
Toyota didn’t want to go electric at all at first
Anyway, it is a miracle that the bZ4X is there anyway, because for a long time Toyota indicated that it did not believe in electric mobility. Hybrid technology was the future, according to the brand. Which, of course, is not a surprising point of view, given Toyota is a pioneer in that field. But the manufacturer is not blind and also sees that the car world is moving faster and faster in the direction of electric drive.
Toyota bZ4X was developed in collaboration with Subaru
Toyota’s first all-electric car was developed in collaboration with Subaru. The Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra are hard to tell apart, even in detail they seem exactly the same. The bZ4X is available in two variants: with 4WD and 218 hp / 336 Nm and with front-wheel drive and 204 hp / 265 Nm. Both have a 71.4 kWh battery pack. The 204 hp version thus reaches a maximum distance of 516 kilometers. If you opt for the variant with 218 hp, 470 kilometers remain.
Fast charging electric Toyota bZ4X up to 150 kW
The bZ4X can fast charge with up to 150 kW, putting it in step with the competition and not setting a new standard. In the class in which the Toyota operates, the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 lead the way, with 240 and 225 kW respectively. It is not yet known what the Toyota bZ4X will cost. Subaru has already announced that the always four-wheel drive Solterra will be available from around 55,000 euros.