Toyota is poised to re-enter the electric vehicle segment with the 2022 bZ4X crossover, which boasts edgy styling that sets it apart from Toyota’s gasoline-powered SUVs. Unlike the last all-electric vehicle the company offered—the RAV4 EV—the bZ4X will be sold at Toyota dealerships nationwide. Although only the bZ4X has been announced so far, Toyota has recorded several trademark filings using other bZ names, which leads us to believe the company is planning a family of electric vehicles using the moniker. The production version of the bZ4X is expected to hit Toyota showrooms in mid-2022. When it does it will join a growing group of non-luxury EV SUVs which includes the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, the Ford Mustang Mach E, the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Kia Niro EV, the Tesla Model Y, and the Volkswagen ID.4.
What’s New for 2022?
The bZ4X will be an all-new vehicle and nameplate for the Toyota brand and we expect to see it in showrooms sometime in 2022.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Toyota hasn’t said how much the bZ4X will cost or how many trim levels will be offered, but we expect a starting price in the high $30,000-range with loaded models cresting the $40,000 mark. When we know more about pricing, features, options, and trims, we’ll update this story with details and provide a recommendation on which is the best buy.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Toyota hasn’t released much information yet about the bZ4X’s powertrain, except that it will offer all-wheel drive as standard. That could mean dual electric motors with one powering each axle, or it could refer to some sort of all-wheel drive system that routes power from one electric motor to both axles. We’ll know more about the bZ4X’s powertrain closer to the SUV’s on-sale date.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
From photos, we can tell that the bZ4X will offer a more futuristic dashboard design than other Toyota models, with a digital gauge display, a large infotainment touchscreen, and a wide center console between the two front seats. The cabin looks spacious and similar in size to the RAV4, but we won’t know how accommodating it is until we get a chance to take a test drive.
As more information becomes available, we’ll update this story with more details about:
- Range, Charging, and Battery Life
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
- Infotainment and Connectivity
- Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage