The all-electric Toyota bZ4X has made its European debut ahead of its local launch next year.
European customers will be offered the choice between two powertrains, just like in the United States. Sitting at the base of the range is a front-wheel-drive model powered by a single electric motor with 201 hp and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm) of torque. This variant can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.4 seconds and a 160 km/h (99 mph) top speed.
An all-wheel-drive bZ4X is also offered. This variant produces 215 hp and 247 lb-ft (336 Nm) through its front and rear electric motors and will apparently hit 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds. The FWD model has a 71.4 kWh battery pack while the dual-motor version uses a 72.8 kWh battery pack.
Toyota claims that the entry-level bZ4X will have a range of around 450 km (279 miles) on the European WLTP testing cycle. It also notes that the battery can be charged to 80 percent in around 30 minutes with a 150 kW fast-charging system. An 11 kW three-phase onboard charger will be available from the fourth quarter of 2022 to further improve charging performance.
The Japanese automaker will offer an extended care program for the bZ4X that guarantees the battery will still operate to 70 percent of its original capacity after 10 years or 1 million km, as long as customers take the vehicle to an authorized Toyota service center once per year.
When the Toyota bZ4X arrives in Europe next year, it will come with a traditional steering system. However, at a later date, the carmaker will introduce its One Motion Grip system that pairs a steer-by-wire system with a Tesla-inspired yoke. Toyota says full lock can be achieved with just a 150-degree turn with this system.
Various Toyota T-Mate systems will also come standard with the EV. These include a Pre-Collision System, Intersection Turn Assistance, Emergency Steering Assist, and a Front Cross Traffic Alert system with Safe Exist Assist. An Advanced Park feature that uses four cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors to park the vehicle remotely is also featured.
European pricing for the Toyota bZ4X has yet to be announced.