Video test – Toyota BZ4X (2022): finally 100% electric

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1st 100% electric model

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at[person]’s house ToyotaWe do things at our own pace. Although most manufacturers have been quick to position themselves in electrics, this is not the strategy of Toyota, which preferred to capitalize on its hybrid know-how first. The Japanese firm continued to improve the technology that made it famous, while developing electrification with the implementation of rechargeable hybrid models or even powered by hydrogen. As a result, Toyota has not been too affected by the CO2 regulations, therefore it has a different schedule than other brands. Today is the time to step up a gear and Toyota’s timing seems perfect given the latest announcements made by the European Commission.

Video test – Toyota BZ4X (2022): finally 100% electric

After utility and fuel cell vehicles developed in collaboration with Stellantis, Toyota finally reaches the world of zero emissions for individuals and will be developed in parallel with the classic range of a vehicle dedicated to electrics whose models will bear the name “bZ ” (for Beyong Zero, beyond zero), then followed by a number, then X when it is an SUV. To better understand our test car’s atypical name: bZ4X, implying that there could be a bZ2, 3 or 5 in the coming months.Toyota uses the same strategy as volkswagen Where Mercedes with your ID range. and equalizer

And for its debut, Toyota did not take the easy way out, since what we have to do today is not a city car – which is, however, the best-selling category – but just another family SUV. Like all models in this segment, the bZ4X is an imposing vehicle. This one is in fact 4.69 m long, that is, 9 cm longer than a Rabbi 4. The parallel with this historical model is also the leveling of the style, in particular with a very similar rear fender shoulder between the two models.

The front and rear fenders will remain raw.
The front and rear fenders will remain raw.
The lights connected by a light strip extend well beyond the fenders.
The lights connected by a light strip extend well beyond the fenders.

For the rest, the bZ4X has its own identity with a very dynamic front made up of a grill reduced to the minimum part and very fine headlights. Regardless of the finish or body color, the pieces around the rear fenders will remain raw plastic. Massive taillights connected by a light strip spill far down the tailgate but also onto the fenders. They give our Toyota a very recognizable light signature.

The cabin is undeniably modern and unconventional compared to current productions.  Toyota skipped the glove box.
The cabin is undeniably modern and unconventional compared to current productions. Toyota skipped the glove box.
The bZ4X has digital instrumentation.  This 7-inch is much less qualitative than that of Peugeot, in particular because of the plastics that surround it.
The bZ4X has digital instrumentation. This 7-inch is much less qualitative than that of Peugeot, in particular because of the plastics that surround it.
The 12-inch multimedia screen is reserved for high finishes.  Basically, it's 8 inches.  Air conditioning controls remain analog.
The 12-inch multimedia screen is reserved for high finishes. Basically, it’s 8 inches. Air conditioning controls remain analog.

Inside, while some brands play the dash card, this is clearly not the case here. Thus, facing the driver, we find the classic digital instrumentation, which measures 7 inches. Positioned in height, it resembles that of Peugeot but less qualitative either because of the size of the screen than because of the materials. It’s next to an 8-inch multimedia touchscreen on the entry level and 12-inches on the others. Some controls are still analog, like the air conditioning, which is nice, but there are plenty of buttons on the big center console, which can be unsettling. The same goes for the absence of the glove box, which reduces the possibilities of storage in the cabin, although the large floating console offers some below.

The bZ4X is the most spacious Toyota in the range.  Passengers will be very comfortable.
The bZ4X is the most spacious Toyota in the range. Passengers will be very comfortable.
The same cannot be said for the trunk.
The same cannot be said for the trunk.

With its 2.85m wheelbase, rear space is very generous. It is also the largest in the Toyota range. The same does not happen with the load volume of only 452 liters, far from that of a Volkswagen ID.4which claims 543 litres.

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