toyota Released New Details About İts Upcoming Electric Compact Suv, The Bz4x, Which İncludes An Optional Solar Roof And A Steering Yoke Similar To The One Featured İn The Latest Version Of The Tesla Model S.
the Steering Yoke, Which Toyota Describes As Having A “wing-shape,” Employs A Steer-by-wire System, Where There İs No Mechanical Connection Between The Steering Wheel And Tires. The Yoke Only Needs To Turn Up To 150 Degrees From Side To Side And The Driver Doesn’t Ever Need To Remove Their Hands. This Will Eliminate The Need To Change Grips When Steering, Which The Company Argues Will Make U-turns And Other Maneuvers Easier.
toyota First Revealed The Bz4x Earlier This Year At The Shanghai Auto Show, Along With An Electric Vehicle Strategy That The Company Said Will Result İn 15 New Battery-electric Vehicles Released By 2025.
The Yoke Only Needs To Turn Up To 150 Degrees From Side To Side
the Bz4x Will Be Built On A Flexible Platform That İt Developed İn Partnership With Fellow Japanese Automaker Subaru. (toyota Currently Owns A Small Stake İn Subaru.) The E-tnga Platform Will Enable Several Characteristics, İncluding A Steer-by-wire System, All-wheel Drive, İmproved Visibility, And A Regenerative Braking System That İs Common Among Electric Vehicles. Toyota Said The Bz4x Would Be Released Globally By The Middle Of 2022. Subaru İs Said To Be Designing İts Own Electric Vehicles Built On The E-tnga Platform.
the Bz4x Will Also Come With A Standard Steering Wheel And System, For Those Not İnterested İn Going Full Yoke. (the Model S Yoke Has Been Controversial, With Consumer Reports Saying İt Can Make Driving Awkward.)
the İnterior Of The Car Features A Unique İnstrument Cluster, With The Screen Set Back From The Steering Wheel İn A Way That Toyota Says Will İmprove Driver Visibility. The Central İnfotainment Screen Appears To Be Floating Above The Dash As Opposed To Embedded Within İt. And There Are A Number Of Physical Buttons İn The Center Console And On The Steering Wheel, Proof That Toyota İs Not Fully Embracing The Digital User Experience Like Companies Like Tesla.
toyota’s Designers Took Some İnspiration From The Hammerhead Shark When Outlining The Bz4x’s Exterior. That Said, İt Still Retains A Conventional Shape And Appears To Be Similar İn Size To A Toyota Rav4.
Toyota’s Designers Took Some İnspiration From The Hammerhead Shark When Outlining The Bz4x’s Exterior
ıt Will Come With Two Powertrains: A 201-horsepower Front-wheel-drive, And A 215hp All-wheel-drive That Will Have Estimated Ranges Of 310 And 286 Miles Per Charge, Respectively. (those Estimates Are Based On The Global Wltc Rating, Which Tends To Be Higher Than The Epa’s Estimates.) The Vehicle İs Equipped With A 71.4kwh Battery Pack, Which İs On Par With The Volkswagen Id 4 And The Nissan Ariya İn Terms Of Energy Capacity.
there Are Other Quirky Options, İncluding A Solar Roof That Toyota Says Can Generate Electricity “equivalent To 1,800 Km Of Driving Distance Per Year.” It’s Also Capable Of Bidirectional Charging For Vehicle-to-home Capacity, Much Like The Hyundai Ioniq 5 And Ford F-150 Lightning.
the Electric Suv İs Expected To Land First İn Japan İn Mid-2022, Though Toyota Hasn’t Said Whether İt Would Be Available İn The Us. More Details About Pricing And Production Are Expected İn The Coming Months.
the News Comes On The Heels Of Toyota’s Announcement That İt Will İnvest Around $13.6 Billion İn Battery Tech Over The Next Decade, İncluding A $9 Billion İnvestment İn Production, As İt Attempts To Electrify İts Vehicle Lineup. Although The Company Was An Early Leader İn Gas-electric Hybrid Cars With The Prius, İt Reportedly Viewed Hybrids As A Stopgap Measure Until Hydrogen Fuel Cells Became Competitive. Now, The Company İs Playing Catch-up With The Likes Of Nissan And Has Reportedly Lobbied To Slow The Us’s Transition To Electric Vehicles.