Toyota bZ4X: more reliable electric SUV than the Tesla Model Y?

Toyota has long been wary of electric vehicles. Of course, there were several prototypes based on iQ or RAV4. But brand executives have long said they want to launch when technology allows them to offer a model that offers autonomy 500 km. What is promised must be delivered: bZ4X, the first of the true offensives in this area, announces 513 km on the WLTP standard cycle. Provided you opt for the front-wheel drive version and settle for 18-inch wheels: the Toyota bZ4X with all-wheel drive and 20-inch wheels has a range of just 411 km…

The name of this Toyota bZ4X at first glance may seem abstruse, but it is logical. The first letters bZ mean “beyond zero” or behind zero and want to testify to the absence of exhaust emissions from this model. This number will represent the entire range of battery models from the Japanese manufacturer. Differentiation will be made by a number that announces the range level, perhaps, and like here, adorned with an X in the case of SUVs. The next step is expected to be a family sedan called the bZ5, soon to be followed by other models both smaller and larger. Many fans of electric vehicles blame Toyota for being late. It is worth forgetting about the industrial power of the Japanese giant, capable of quickly abandoning models. It should also be forgotten that this bZ4X will only appear a few months after most of its competitors, and that many manufacturers currently limit their electric models to only one market segment.

Toyota bZ4X is the same length as Volkswgen ID.4 or Tesla Model Y.

If Toyota dares to do bizarre things with this registration number, reasonableness regarding the chosen segment is in order. No wonder the bZ4X comes as 4.69 m family SUV, something between Volkswagen ID.4 and Tesla Model Y. The template is designed specifically to win the widest possible support in world markets. The lines are futuristic, but not overly so. Roominess is generous, but 452 liters of trunk for any size. Moreover, there is no second storage space in front, and the designers strangely ignored the glove compartment.

On board quality impression is real, despite the presence of many hard plastics. If the plastic arch that supports the instrument cluster (read, like Peugeot, above the steering wheel) is frankly fake, then the fabric covering of the dashboard brings a little heat. The assembly is strict, the door closes with a thud, the seats are comfortable… Added to this is modern technical equipment, even if we can’t help but regret that the GPS can’t program the route from charging stops.

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