Toyota launches new bZ4X electric compact SUV

The Toyota bZ4X SUV has arrived in Australian showrooms, with the brand’s first full EV introducing a brand new platform, the latest motor generator and battery technology, and advanced safety and connected technologies.

The bZ4X is the first Toyota in Australia to use the new BEV-dedicated e-TNGA platform, which has been designed and optimised for a new range of electric vehicles. It integrates the battery and motor generator into the vehicle’s structure.

This in turn provides extra rigidity and a low centre of gravity for stable driving dynamics, as well as allowing the wheels to be pushed further outward to the front and rear. The consequence of this is more room for passengers within the vehicle’s footprint.

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It also offers the versatility of front or all-wheel-drive traction – the latter providing benchmark off-road capability among all-electric SUVs. The bZ4X is the first model in Australia to display Toyota’s distinctive ‘hammerhead’ frontal design theme too.

In terms of specifications, the front-wheel-drive bZ4X is equipped with poly-ellipsoidal LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, numerous convenience and safety details, heated side mirrors with auto power folding, a power tailgate and privacy glass for all rear windows.

The interior features fabric and SofTex synthetic leather trim, eight-way power adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, leather-accented steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, smart entry and start, four cupholders and eight bottle holders.

The latest Toyota multimedia technology is housed within a 12.3-inch touchscreen and is compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Enhanced voice recognition using the “Hey, Toyota” command can control several functions, such as “Open all windows”.

The latest Toyota Connected Services package is also included, including the myToyota Connect smartphone app, which is offered for a complimentary period of 12 months. Over-the-air updates, cloud navigation and live traffic information are included.

A pre-collision safety system can detect vehicles, motorcycles, cyclists (in daylight only) and pedestrians, including at intersections. Other features include emergency steering assist, lane trace assist, emergency driving stop system, and speed-sign assist.

The bZ4X is also equipped with active cruise control and seven SRS airbags. The all-wheel drive variant steps things up with a roof spoiler, fixed panoramic roof, roof rails and a gloss black bonnet accent.

It gans a JBL premium sound system, Premium SofTex seat trim, a wireless charger, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, driver’s seat memory function and a kick sensor for the power tailgate.

Safety enhancements for the AWD include driver monitor, blind-spot monitor, safe exit assist, intelligent parking assist and panoramic view monitor. Its 212mm ground clearance is leveraged by X-Mode off-road drive modes.

X-Mode optimises traction for “Snow/Dirt” or “Deep Snow/Mud” conditions and incorporates crawl control and downhill assist control. Power in the FWD comes from a front-mounted e-Axle that combines the transaxle, motor, and inverter to produce 150kW/266Nm.

The AWD model uses front and rear 80kW e-Axles with maximum combined outputs of 160kW and 337Nm. Providing the electrical energy is a 71.4kWh lithium-ion battery that is rigorously tested for 20 days before being fitted to a car.

All that translates to a claimed 535km range for the FWD and 485km for the AWD. Six exterior colours are available, including Ebony Black, Frosted White, Liquid Metal, Silver Rush, Feverish Red and Dynamic Blue.

A two-tone treatment is available for the AWD with gloss black for the roof and A-pillars, complementing the body colour. The FWD bZ4X is priced from $66,000, with the AWD available from $74,900, both plus on-roads.

It comes with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, extended to 7-years if you complete all your log book services through Toyota dealerships. As part of Toyota’s commitment to being a leader in mobility services, the bZ4X is also available as a full-service lease option.

Delivered through Toyota Finance Australia, the package includes scheduled servicing and maintenance and mechanical repairs, replacement tyres, roadside assist, comprehensive insurance, registration and compulsory third-party insurance.

To find out more, contact your local Toyota dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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