Toyota Planning New 3-Row EV In 2025

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - April 11, 2023
2023 Toyota bZ4X

Toyota was one of the slower automakers to shift its focus onto EVs. The Japanese brand has always stated that it thinks hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and fuel-cell vehicles are its preferred cars of choice for a more sustainable future. But even Toyota can’t ignore the EV switch. During a recent press conference outlining Toyota’s future plans, executive leaders confirmed that the automaker will introduce 10 new EVs by 2026 and that a three-row SUV is also in the works. Production of the family-friendly EV will begin in the U.S. in 2025.

While Toyota has confirmed that EVs are coming and that the three-row electric SUV will be built in the U.S., other details on the vehicle are scarce. The electric SUV will be manufactured in the U.S. and batteries will be sourced from North Carolina. That means the electric SUV, as long as it comes under the price cap, will be eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit after the most recent round of changes.

If we were to guess what the upcoming electric three-row SUV will try to imitate, we would say the Toyota bZ5X concept from 2021. The bZ5X concept has a similar design to the bZ4X that’s on sale but had a larger body and three rows of seats. With the three-row electric SUV coming out in the near future, we expect the SUV to use the automaker’s e-TNGA platform that underpins the bZ4X.

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While we expect the upcoming three-row electric SUV to use the e-TNGA platform, Toyota confirmed that it's working on a next-gen architecture that will come out around 2026. The automaker is also working on doubling the range of its electric vehicles, but didn’t explain how. Our guess would be updated battery chemistry, improved heating and cooling, and larger battery packs. Currently, the bZ4X offers up to 252 miles of range, while the Lexus RZ450e has a range of up to 220 miles. Both vehicles are below average when it comes to range.

A three-row electric SUV makes a lot of financial sense for Toyota. Now that automakers have electric cars in their lineups, they’re looking to expand to SUVs, which continue to be the most popular body styles on sale. Toyota won’t be alone as it looks to come out with a three-row SUV. Kia recently dropped the 2024 EV9 New York Auto Show, which looks like it’s going to be an absolute hit. We expect Hyundai to follow up with its own version which could be called the Ioniq 7.

Pictured: 2023 Toyota bZ4X (Top), 2024 Kia EV9 (Middle)

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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