The Prius Walked So Toyota’s New bZ4X BEV Can Run
Toyota
— 28 February 2024

The Prius Walked So Toyota’s New bZ4X BEV Can Run

— 28 February 2024
Nick Kenyon
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Nick Kenyon

Toyota is steering the Australian automotive landscape towards an even more electrified future with the debut of its first battery-electric vehicle (BEV), the bZ4X SUV. This groundbreaking addition to Toyota’s lineup is about to roll into showrooms everywhere, setting the stage for a new era of electric driving.

At the heart of the bZ4X’s innovation is its e-TNGA platform, engineered exclusively for BEVs and the result of Toyota’s more than 25 years of hybrid technology innovation. This expertise has not been translated into pure electric propulsion, with the platform not only enhancing the vehicle’s structural integrity but also lowering its centre of gravity, ensuring dynamic stability and a whisper-quiet ride.

Choice is at the forefront with the bZ4X, offering configurations in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive. The latter sets a new standard for electric SUV off-road prowess, blending eco-conscious performance with rugged capability.

Design-wise, the Toyota bZ4X BEV is a head-turner, introducing Toyota’s ‘hammerhead’ front design theme to Australian roads. This design promises to not only turn heads, but also contribute to the vehicle’s aerodynamic efficiency.

Inside, the cabin is a spacious sanctuary of comfort and luxury, from the expansive 12.3-inch touchscreen to the high-quality materials that adorn every surface. Features like poly-ellipsoidal LED headlights, 20-inch alloys, and a suite of advanced safety technologies underscore Toyota’s no-compromise approach to this electric venture.

Powering the Toyota bZ4X BEV is a robust 71.4kWh lithium-ion battery, ensuring a driving range that rivals the best in its class—up to 535km for the FWD version, to be precise. With a palette of six striking colours, including an exclusive two-tone option for the AWD variant, customisation is key.

Set to arrive in dealerships this month, the Toyota bZ4X BEV arrives with a price of $66,000 for the FWD and $74,900 for the AWD (both before on-road costs), putting it in direct price competition with the Tesla Model Y. It’s a compelling statement from Toyota, and one that we anticipate will be enthusiastically adopted across metro areas.

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Nick Kenyon
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Nick Kenyon is the Editor of Boss Hunting, joining the team after working as the Deputy Editor of luxury watch magazine Time+Tide. He has a passion for watches, with other interests across style, sports and more. Get in touch at nick (at) luxity.com.au