The bZ4X rides on Toyota's e-TNGA platform that's specifically for electric vehicles. The lithium-ion battery pack is flat underneath the floor. Toyota touts that the battery is in a cross-framing structure that increases the model's rigidity and protects the pack. Portions of the body structure, rear suspension, and frame components around the battery high tensile steel.
Gallery: 2023 Toyota bZ4x
The table below shows all of the available powertrain specs for the bZ4X.
|Front Motor Output||201 bhp (150 kW)||107 bhp (80 kW)|
|Rear Motor Output||NA||107 bhp (80 kW)|
|Total System Output||201 bhp (150 kW)||215 bhp (160 kW)|
|Battery Capacity||71.4 kWh||72.8 kWh|
|Estimated Range||250 miles||TBD|
The all-wheel-drive version of the bZ4X features X-Mode that provides extra traction when doing light off-roading. This drivetrain also has Grip-Control that uses the electric motors to perform better when cornering.
The table below shows the dimensions and weight of the bZ4x.
|Length||4,689 mm (184.6 inches)|
|Width||1,859 mm (73.2 inches)|
|Height||1,648 mm (64.9 inches) including antenna|
|Wheelbase||2,850 mm (112.2 inches)|
|Cabin Length||1,941 mm (76.4 inches)|
|Cabin Width||1,514 mm (59.6 inches)|
|Cabin Height||1,143 mm (45.0 inches)|
|Weight||FWD: 1,920 kg (4,232 pounds) AWD: 2,005 kg (4,420 pounds)|
Inside, the bZ4X has an odd instrument panel layout with an exposed digital screen. There's nothing around it to keep sunlight off the display, which makes us wonder about glare making the info hard to see in bright situations.
The interior amenities include a dual-pane panoramic roof. There are type A and C USB ports that let occupants plug in their gadgets.
The bZ4X has tech that makes driving it in chilly weather more comfortable. In a first for Toyota, there's a radiant foot-and-leg heater for the occupants in the front. The seat and steering wheel are also heated. Plus, there's a heat pump system for warming and air conditioning the cabin.
The electric crossover is the first vehicle with the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 safety suite. It has an expanded detection range for the millimetre-wave radar and monocular camera. The pre-collision system gains low-light cyclist detection, daytime motorcyclist detection, and guardrail detection. The lane recognition has improved functionality while in Lane Tracing Assist mode.
Over-the-air updates can improve the functionality of various systems, including Toyota Safety Sense and the multimedia tech.
The bZ4X is Toyota's first entry in a whole family of fully electric vehicles. It plans to have 15 EVs globally, including 7 in the bZ lineup.