Toyota bZ4X: your questions answered

Toyota bZ4X

The all-new Toyota bZ4X is the first model in our beyond Zero family of zero-emission battery electric vehicles. Displayed here in production-ready form, this spacious and comfortable SUV will launch across Europe in 2022.

Its arrival will also introduce a new leasing programme designed to cover the principal aspects of ownership – a one-stop concept that is designed to provide peace of mind for people acquiring their first BEV.

Toyota bZ4X

Toyota bZ4X: What are its exterior design features?

The exterior design is sleek, powerful and uncluttered, led by a distinctive hammerhead frontal shape. When viewed in profile, the bZ4X has a low roof and slender A-pillars, while the combination of thick sills and large wheels (up to 20-inch in diameter) express the car’s authentic SUV character. At the rear, the design similarly emphasises the corners, with a distinctive tail light that spans the width of the vehicle.

The design also incorporates aerodynamic elements that manage airflow and contribute to the driving range. These include apertures in the front bumper corners that create smooth air curtains; a full underbody cover; a split roof spoiler and rear ducktail lip spoiler; rear diffuser; and a precisely angled rear screen. The slim lower grille has a shutter that adjusts to channel cooling airflow to the battery and helps reduce wind resistance.

Beneath the surface, the bZ4X is the first Toyota to be built on our new, dedicated BEV platform. Known as e-TNGA, it incorporates the battery as a structural member of the chassis – a feature that creates high body rigidity, a low centre of gravity, and excellent front/rear weight distribution.

Toyota bZ4X

What’s it like inside bZ4X?

The long wheelbase has helped us create a spacious, open and comfortable five-seat cabin that has the welcoming ambience of a living room. There is class-leading leg room for all, with a one-metre distance between the front and rear hip points, while the load area offers 452 litres of storage with the rear seats in place.

Adding to the sense of openness and outward visibility is the slim and low-set instrument panel, which allows the seven-inch instrument and information display to sit above the line of the steering wheel, directly in the driver’s forward eye line.

Passenger comfort is assured by an energy efficient heating system that maximises driving range. Rather than a standard air conditioning system, the bZ4X uses a heat pump to warm the car by drawing heat from the external air.

What will the multimedia system be like?

The centrally mounted multimedia platform is our latest and most powerful system, offering a 12-inch touchscreen that gives access to cloud-based navigation. It also provides BEV-specific features such as driving range, driving support and charging station details. The driver can interact with the vehicle by sight, touch and voice, while over-the-air updates provide seamless software upgrades and new services.

Toyota bZ4X

Toyota bZ4X: What are its performance credentials?

There are both front- and all-wheel drive versions of the bZ4X. The front-wheel drive model is powered by a 150kW electric motor which produces 201bhp and 265Nm of torque; it offers 0-62mph acceleration in 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 100mph. The all-wheel drive model is powered by two 80kW electric motors – one for each axle – that produce a total of 214.5bhp and 336Nm of torque. Top speed is unchanged but the dash to 62mph is reduced to 6.9 seconds.

We have drawn on almost 25 years of experience in battery technology to ensure the new lithium-ion unit has world-leading quality, durability and reliability. Our confidence in the technology is reflected in an extended care programme that guarantees the battery will still operate to 70% of its original capacity after up to ten years of ownership or one million kilometres (620,000 miles) driven, subject to the customer taking their vehicle to an authorised Toyota service centre for an annual health check.

This is made possible because multiple systems have been put in place to monitor the voltage, current and temperature of each individual battery cell. In a Toyota first, the battery is water cooled, while there are safeguards in the manufacturing process to prevent foreign matter from entering the battery, and further countermeasures to mitigate any material degradation when in use.

What is the the driving range and how quickly will bZ4X charge?

Thanks to efficient motors and energy management, official WLTP data shows that the front-wheel drive Pure model can achieve a driving range of 317 miles (4.3 miles per kWh) from its 71.4kWh battery. For the all-wheel drive bZ4X Motion, the official range is 285 miles (3.9 miles per kWh).

An 80% charge can be achieved in around 30 minutes using a 150kW fast-charging system (CCS2), while an 11kW three-phase on-board charger will be available from the fourth quarter of 2022 to further improve charging performance.

Toyota will operate a programme of rebuilding, reusing and recycling for the battery, ensuring the lifecycle of its components and materials is maximised.

What will the all-electric Toyota bZ4X be like to drive?

The bZ4X is the first production Toyota to offer a steer-by-wire system, though this will be introduced in Europe at a later date. Known as One Motion Grip, it dispenses with the mechanical linkage between the steering wheel and front wheels, instead using electronic means to adjust the front wheel angle according to the driver’s intention.

With no physical connection in the system, not only is legroom improved but unwanted vibration from the tyres is not transmitted through the steering. However, the driver still experiences valuable feedback through independent control of the steering torque, with different drive modes programmed with unique steering characteristics to suit prevailing conditions.

Similarly, the throttle is controlled through a wired rather than mechanical connection. It offers the option of single pedal driving using boosted braking energy recuperation to let the driver accelerate and slow the vehicle using only the throttle pedal.

Toyota bZ4X

How capable will the Toyota bZ4X be off-road?

Toyota worked with its development partner Subaru in engineering a new, class-leading BEV all-wheel drive system that draws on the great AWD heritage of both companies. The system uses separate 80kW motors to drive the front and rear axles. X MODE allows the driver to select a drive mode to suit the conditions, with settings for snow/mud; deep snow and mud (below 13mph); and Grip Control for tougher off-road driving (below 6mph). These segment-leading capabilities will help the bZ4X tackle the route ahead with confidence, irrespective of where it leads.

Toyota bZ4X

How safe is the new Toyota bZ4X?

The bZ4X is equipped with advanced Toyota T-Mate systems for active safety and driver assistance.
The third generation of Toyota Safety Sense brings new and improved functions to help guard against an even wider range of accident risks. The latest developments strengthen its capabilities as a partner to the driver, progressing closer to the ultimate mobility society goal of zero fatalities and injuries in traffic accidents.

Thanks to upgraded front camera and radar, as well front side radars, the detection range has been expanded and the car’s ability to recognise hazards and obstacles in even more driving scenarios is further improved.

  • The Pre-Collision System can detect oncoming vehicles and motorcycles.
  • The Intersection Turn Assistance can now identify approaching traffic across two neighbouring lanes instead of just one, as well as detect traffic approaching from the side at an intersection.
  • The Emergency Steering Assist system provides additional mild braking to help keep the car within its traffic lane when the driver moves to avoid a hazard such as a pedestrian, cyclist or parked car.
  • The Front Cross Traffic Alert system warns of vehicles approaching from either side at a junction.
  • The new Safe Exit Assist can help to avoid a collision between an opened door or exiting occupants with vehicles or cyclists approaching from the rear.

For maximum convenience, the all-new Advanced Park, which uses four Panoramic View Monitor cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors around the car, can enter and exit a parking spot without the driver being in the driver’s seat – fully remotely.

Toyota Safety Sense also checks the driver’s wellbeing with an internal monitor that records their usual driving position and triggers a warning if it detects any deviation that might signal dangerous distraction or the driver being unwell or falling asleep.

What is this new vehicle leasing programme?

Our all-new BEV will be introduced with a completely new approach to vehicle purchasing and the customer’s ownership experience. It is our hope the majority of European sales will be via a new, all-inclusive leasing contract that covers the vehicle, maintenance, wall box charger and access to connected services, including one of Europe’s largest vehicle charging networks.

If customers wish, Toyota insurance can also be included, along with roadside assistance and vehicle accessories.

Charging and roadside assistance 

In order to ensure that bZ4X ownership is as stress-free as possible, Toyota is providing all new customers with a complimentary package of benefits.

The first round of benefits cover charging needs. These include a British Gas Centrica EV home charger with standard installation and six months of access to the Toyota Public Charging Network. This network consists of more than 12,000 charging points, all of which are accessible through the MyToyota app.

The second primary benefit is three years of AA Roadside Assistance. This is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, throughout the UK and across 44 European countries.

Information correct at time of publishing

Toyota bZ4X: technical specifications

POWERTRAIN FWD AWD 
Type AC synchronous electric motor-generator 
Total output (bhp/DIN hp/kW) 201/204/150 214.5/217.5/160 
Front motor output (bhp/DIN hp/kW) 201/204/150 108/109/80 
Rear motor output (bhp/DIN hp/Kw) – 108/109/80 
Torque (Nm)265 336 
EV SYSTEM FWD AWD 
Hybrid battery Lithium-ion 
Number of cells 96 
Rated voltage 355 
Battery capacity (kWh) 71.4 
PERFORMANCE FWD AWD 
Max. speed (mph 100 100 
0-62mph acceleration (sec) 7.5 6.9 
ENERGY CONSUMPTION FWD AWD 
WTLP combined cycle (miles/kWh) 4.3 miles/kWh 3.9 miles/kWh 
Driving range (miles) 317 (Pure) 285 (Motion) 
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS  
Overall length (mm) 4,690 
Overall width (mm) 1,860 
Overall height (mm, inc. antenna) 1,650 
Wheelbase (mm) 2,850 
INTERIOR DIMENSIONS  
Interior length (mm) 1,940 
Interior width (mm) 1,515 
Interior height (mm) 1,160 (1,145 with panoramic roof) 
Load space volume, including beneath deckboard (l, VDA) 452 
WEIGHTS  
Towing capacity- unbraked (kg) 750 

299 comments

  1. 1) What is currently after sell offer if I buy Toyota BZ4X before 30/07/2022?
    2) after how many miles I have do service?
    3) how many services care plan I can buy ? How much monthly payment?
    4) where and how many day I will get free charging?
    5)how many days free driveway insurance?

    1. Hi Mohamed,

      You can take a look at our bZ4X offers here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/bz4x/bz4x-retail-offer
      Servicing is every 10,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first.
      We have an offer that includes three years of servicing: https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/bz4x/bz4x-personal-contract-hire-offer
      You get six months free access to the Toyota Charging Network, but the electricity is not free. Prices vary based on location.
      Your nearest Toyota centre will be able to discuss driveaway insurance. You can find them here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/#/publish/my_toyota_my_dealers

      Thanks

    1. Hi Michael,

      Sorry, we don’t understand your question.

      Please rephrase and we’ll do our best to answer.

      Thanks

  2. Hello,

    Driver monitoring is particularly important to me and I would only be happy with best in class. I’ve selected my model and built my own ready for submission with my dealer in Oxford. They are having trouble getting confirmation of the DMS underlying tech – can you confirm if this is supplied by Seeing Machines?

    1. Hi James,

      Thanks for getting in touch, and for your interest in bZ4X. Unfortunately we don’t disclose information about suppliers of specific components or technologies, so we can’t comment answer this one. We anticipate that you won’t be happy with this response, and apologise in advance.

      We hope this doesn’t put you off bZ4X. Toyota has a long history of DMS!

      Thanks

  3. Where can I find more details of the Toyota Public Charging network in the UK? I’m not clear on what the £4.99 a month (after first six months) actually gets me as by definition all the charge points are public.
    Which charging networks are partners with Toyota, is there a discount on the per KWH rate?
    I get my BZ4X in just over a week and still don’t understand this “benefit”

    1. Hi Paul,

      Congratulations on your new car!

      The Toyota Public Charging network is one subscription that gives you access to multiple Charge Point Operators (CPO’s) across the country, rather than having to have different subscriptions for different CPOs.

      It also helps:

      • Find your Local charge points, or plan for your long journeys using the MyT app. (only
      shows CPO’s on the subscription).
      • Navigate to the charge point with Send to Car or use 3rd party map provider and
      connect to CarPlay / Android Auto.
      • Charge Point Information: Speed / Power, Cables types, Availability, Prices, Opening
      times, CPO contact info and how to unlock (QR scan or RFID).
      • Ability to rate and review charge points.
      • Filter tool to find the charge point that suits your needs the best.
      • Charging report summary on the website.
      • Invoices stored on the website.

      There is no discount on the cost of electricity.

      Thanks

      1. Also, I’ve browsed through the Activating Smart Charger pdf, a 31 page set of instructions with about 100+ steps to set up on your Smartphone. Assuming I achieve the MyT set up when I get my car, am I correct in assuming the functions you list above, apart from Send to Car Navigation, will be operated from my phone? So my question is how can I safely interact with MyT app on my Smartphone when I’m driving?

      2. Hi Rob,

        The MyT app is not designed to be used whilst driving. If you need to find your nearest charging station when you are out and about, we’d recommend pulling over safely to do so, then using maps to navigate to it.

        Thanks

  4. Hi
    Is Smart connect complimentary if so for how long or do we have to pay for e sim connection from day one.
    Thanks.

    1. Hi,

      There are three separate services available for bZ4X at this time.

      -Base connected services are guaranteed for 10 yrs with no fee.
      -Smart Services are free for four years from warranty start date. Pricing thereafter is TBC.
      -Public Charging Subscription is free for six months, then it is £4.95 per month.

      Thanks

  5. What is snow mode in bz4x motion. I could see a button saying snow in the central console.
    Thanks

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for your question.

      Toyota worked with its development partner Subaru in engineering a new, class-leading BEV all-wheel drive system that draws on the great AWD heritage of both companies. The system uses separate 80kW motors to drive the front and rear axles. X MODE allows the driver to select a drive mode to suit the conditions, with settings for snow/mud; deep snow and mud (below 13mph); and Grip Control for tougher off-road driving (below 6mph). These segment-leading capabilities will help the bZ4X tackle the route ahead with confidence, irrespective of where it leads.

      Thanks.

      1. Hi,

        Snow mode simply reduces the amount of torque available to the front wheels, to help mitigate wheel spin. As we mentioned in a previous comment, winter tyres would be recommended for driving in snow, even on an AWD vehicle.

        Thanks

  6. Hi there,
    Can you confirm if the bz4x will launch with a 6.6kw on-board charger or with a 11kW three-phase on-board charger ?
    I read on some websites that the 11kW three-phase on-board charger will only be available in Q4 2022, if so, would it be worth waiting till Q4 to order the bxz4 in order to get a better on-board charger or does it really matter ?

    kind regards,
    Kieran.

    1. Hi Kieran,

      That’s correct. An 11kW OBC will be available to order later. Is it worth waiting? Well, it depends on the charge rate of AC chargers you regularly use. If they can supply up to 11kW, then is may be worth waiting. If you don’t have access to these, and use DC charging when out and about, it probably isn’t worth waiting.

      Hope that helps!

      Thanks

  7. So it has wireless CarPlay but not wireless Android Auto? Why this limitation? I’ve seen wireless Android Auto working in a Yaris Cross, with my Google Pixel 6.

    1. Morning George.

      The bZ4X features wireless smartphone integration including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on every grade.

      Thanks.

      1. But wireless Android Auto does not work. When I connect my Pixel 6 to the BZ4X, Android Auto is not recognized (in wireless mode). I saw on the specs for Europe BZ4X that it actually says (wired) Android Auto. Why would this be? Could you please check?

      2. That’s correct, George. Only Apple CarPlay is wireless. Sorry about that.

        Thanks

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