Toyota has announced the global launch date of the bZ4X, with the Japanese car manufacturer detailing powertrain and drivetrain, and specification for the upcoming emissions-free family SUV.

Prototype model shown here.

A first for the Japanese automaker, the bZ4X is based on a dedicated BEV (battery electric vehicle) platform. Jointly developed with Subaru, the e-TNGA architecture provides a low centre of gravity and greater rigidity. According to Toyota, with the BEV underpinnings, the bZ4X offers “smooth” and “intuitive” driving dynamics, and the off-road performance required by an SUV.

The front suspension setup comprises a strut-type coil spring arrangement. The rear suspension features a double wishbone coil springs.

The bZ4X measures 4 690 mm bow to stern and 2 850 mm between the axles. Height and width are rated at 1 650 mm and 1 860 mm respectively. The front-wheel-drive variant tips the scales at a claimed 1 920 kg, while the all-paw version weighs 2 005 kg.

In-vogue light strip accentuates the rear.

The front- (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) derivative are equipped with a 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The 355 V item is coupled to a single electric motor, producing 150 kW, in the former and a twin-electric-motor arrangement producing a combined output of 160 kW in the latter model.

According to Toyota, the FWD bZ4X accelerates to 100 km/h from zero in 8.4 seconds. The AWD version, meanwhile, completes the zero to 100 km/h sprint in seven-tenths of a second quicker. Stopping power is provided by a set of ventilated fore and aft brake discs.

Cruising range is rated at “approximately” 500 km and 460 km for the FWD and AWD variant respectively. Plugged into a 150 kW DC fast charging station, a 30 minute charge replenishes the battery pack to 80 per cent.

Futuristic tiller.

Inside, a large touch-enabled display, incorporating Toyota’s latest infotainment software, takes centre stage. According to the company, the bZ4X provides “home-like” comfort, thanks to a capacious cabin, upholstered surfaces, and soundproof glass, among other items.

Further included is heating functionality for the multifunction steering wheel and seats. The uniquely shaped tiller seen here will first appear on models sold in the Chinese market. A large panoramic sunroof is available.

The bZ4X is scheduled to make is global debut in the middle of 2022.