Toyota’s first dedicated electric vehicle will go on sale in Japan next month with a 500km-plus range and starting price around $70K
In Japan the BZ4X will initially be available in one trim level (called ‘Z grade’ in Japan) with the option of front- or all-wheel drive with a starting price of 6,000,000 Japanese yen – equivalent to AU$64,400 at the time of writing in April 2022.
When the BZ4X comes to Australia it will likely start from around that same price. Expect the BZ4X’s final list price to be between $65-70,000 for a FWD model, and upwards of $70,000 for an AWD example.
A precise Australian release date is yet to be confirmed for Toyota’s first mass-production electric vehicle, though dealers are taking pre orders now for those who want to jump in the queue.
The Toyota BZ4X launches with one lithium-ion battery providing 71.4kWh of usable size, with no current provisions for a larger or smaller battery available.
In conjunction with a 150kW/266Nm front mounted electric motor the front-drive BZ4X achieved an impressive range claim of 510km (WLTP) with an energy consumption rating of 14.3kWh/100km.
It remains to be seen if Toyota’s EV will be as efficient in real world testing, but even the 160kW/337Nm AWD BZ4X is rated at 15.8kWh/100km for a 459km WLTP range.
The BZ4X isn’t a performance EV with the AWD variant recording a 0-100km/h sprint of 6.9 seconds. It’s possible Toyota will introduce a more athletic tune in future – and the related Lexus RZ450e is expected to produce about 300kW of power.
With its 400-volt electrical system the BZ4X is able to DC fast-charge at a peak rate of 150kW, with a charge from 0-80 percent (or 0-450km of range) in 40 minutes.
The BZ4X can AC charge at 6.6kW and will take 12 hours to charge using a single-phase wallbox installed at your home or office – while a full charge from a standard household power point would take about 35 hours.
While initial concepts of the BZ4X depicted a controversial Tesla-style ‘yoke’ steering wheel, for the production model Toyota has softened its stance with a traditional round, three-spoke item though it debuts a ‘steer-by-wire’ system for the brand with no physical connection to the front wheels.
In the centre is a large 12.3-inch touchscreen that looks to be running the same new software found in the Lexus NX premium midsize SUV.
Toyota has also equipped the BZ4X with over-the-air software update functionality, live traffic updates and a digital key with a smartphone app to control various functions such as preconditioning the battery or adjust the HVAC before jumping in remotely.
There also looks to be new textile padding on the dashboard and the BZ4X’s cabin design with its raised digital instrument binnacle shows off an exciting new direction for Toyota interior design.
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