As shown last year around the production concept, the Toyota bZ4X is finally filtering the global market by starting spring delivery in Japan, Europe and the United States. The company is preparing to launch its first dedicated electric car further away, showcasing the car during the 60th anniversary celebrations in Thailand.
From this picture Headlight Magazine Show a right-hand-drive model, probably the Japanese Spacey, and according to the portal, the bZ4X will be launched in Smile Land at the end of the year. It is also reported that Toyota has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government to provide electric vehicles, which could cost the car up to 2 million baht (RM253,500).
This should be on par with the United Kingdom, where bZ4X retail starts at 41,950 (RM228,400). It should be noted that the car is still cheap at US $ 42,000 (RM183,200) and 6 million yen (RM200,200) in Japan, although it was only given for later leasing.
As a refresher, the bZ4X is built on the dedicated electric version of Toyota New Global Architecture (e-TNGA), which was built in conjunction with Subaru. The Pleiades brand will sell a twin in the form of Solterra and has lent its X-mode technology with grip control to the AWD version of the car, which will create increasing traction on slippery surfaces.
4,690 mm long, 1,860 mm wide and 1,650 mm long – with 2,850 mm wheelbase – is 90 mm longer than the BZ4X RAV4 and has a 160 mm longer wheelbase. Two variants are available worldwide – the front-wheel-drive model gets a single electric motor producing 150 kW (204 PS) and 265 Nm of torque, while the all-wheel-drive version has two motors and a total system output of 160 kW. (218 PS) and 336 Nm.
A 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery covers 516km in WLTP cycles with a single motor and 470km with dual-motor set-up. The car supports DC fast charging up to 150 kW, which will fill the battery 80% in just 30 minutes; It can accept up to 6.6 kW AC charging, an 11 kW on-board charger set will be offered later.
Other unique features include a more advanced Toyota safety sense system with upcoming and cutting-in car detection, a digital instrument display mounted on the steering wheel and a fancy Tesla-style yoke design for the wheels. It is connected to a steer-by-wire system that will be offered at a later date and will only allow you to achieve a complete lock with a 150-degree turn.
Close to home, bZ4X is expected to arrive in Malaysia next year to take advantage of existing import tax, excise duty and road tax exemptions for CBU EVs. Do you think bZ4X could come to Malaysia for less than ,000 200,000?
Gallery: Toyota bZ4X in Japan