The Subaru-Toyota partnership has already netted us the BRZ and 86 cousins, and now it’s about the deliver a pair of EV SUV relatives, the Subaru Solterra EV and Toyota bZ4X. Here’s what we expect from the upcoming 2023 Toyota bZ4X.
Toyota has already dropped a concept version of the bZ4X that shows off the angular body it expects this RAV4-sized EV to debut with. The bZ4X concept boasts a sleek body with an upright nose that meets the sloped hood to create a dramatic point, which sets the tone for all the wild angles and creases that run up and down this EV crossover’s body. At the D-pillar, a forward rake polishes off the design with a sporty touch. We expect much of this concept design to make its way to the production 2023 Toyota bZ4X.
Inside, the concept bZ4X boasts a toned-down, clutter-free cabin that still doesn’t hide the fact that it’s a modern machine. The center stack boasts a massive touchscreen that likely controls most of the vehicle’s functions, though there is a smattering of buttons. The unique parts of the concept are the floating center console with a large storage area beneath it and a toggle-style gear shifter.
The details are still scant as to what kind of output the 2023 Toyota bZ4X will deliver, but we do know it’ll be built atop the all-new e-TNGA dedicated-EV platform that’ll boast standard all-wheel drive. We also know this platform will be its primary relationship to the upcoming Solterra EV.
We’re also still in the dark about the 2023 Toyota bZ4X’s battery size and range, but we would expect the bZ4X to top out at over 300 miles to keep pace with the likes of the Mustang Mach-E and Model Y. At the lower end of the battery range spectrum, we’d expect at least a 250-mile range to match the Chevy Bolt, Hyundai Kona Electric, and VW ID.4.
We expect a modern electric SUV like the 2023 Toyota bZ4X to include all the latest safety gear, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and more.
Pricing & Release Date
There is no exact release date for the 2023 Toyota bZ4X, but we expect it to arrive sometime in 2022.
Pricing also remains unclear, but we expect its starting price to be slightly over $40,000.
This electric SUV will compete with the Subaru Solterra, Tesla Model Y, and Volkswagen ID.4.
Pictured: Toyota bZ4X Concept