After hitting speed bump, Toyota's first mass-produced EV back on track

Toyota has been questioned in the past over going slow with its all-electric strategy despite being one of the early movers in terms of hybrid drive technologies. Its first mass-produced all-electric vehicle - bZ4X - made big promises but around 2,700 units had to be recalled last June owing to safety concerns. But now, the Toyota bZ4X may be back on track.

By: Shubhodeep Chakravarty
| Updated on: 06 Oct 2022, 09:02 AM
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Based on the e-TNGA platform, the Toyota bZ4X EV has a claimed range of around 560 kms per charge.
Toyota bZ4X is an fully electric compact SUV from the Japanese automaker that has been unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show on Monday.
The Toyota bZ4X electric compact SUV concept gets a sharp design that is visible from its nose to toe.
Based on the e-TNGA platform, the Toyota bZ4X EV concept will be the first model from the bZ portfolio of the Japanese car brand, claims the automaker.
The bZ badging is specially dedicated to the electric vehicles. The blue colour tone of the bZ badge indicates towards the zero emission characteristics of the car.
The car gets a sharp and bold looking front profile with multi-lamp LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, a large air intake at the bottom. However, no conventional front grille is there considering it is an EV.
Toyota bZ4X's rear profile too carries the same sharpness. It gets sleek LED taillights that are connected by an LED strip running the full width of the car, right through the centre of the tailgate.
The cabin too gets a unique look with a sporty steering wheel, large digital display, touchpad and all other premium features.
The interior gets premium upholstery material and a dual tone appearance.
Instead of conventional dials and knobs and buttons, the Toyota bZ4X gets a large touchpad that can act as the controller of several functions of the car. Besides that it also gets a large central dial and couple of buttons.
The two-row seater cabin gets ample space for the occupants.
Overall, the Toyota bZ4X looks very attractive and appealing with its complete package.
The most eye-catching element inside the cabin is the sporty steering wheel. Instead of a conventional round shaped wheel, it gets a controller that takes inspiration from Formula One cars and looks like straight out of video games.
Based on the e-TNGA platform, the Toyota bZ4X EV has a claimed range of around 560 kms per charge.
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Toyota bZ4X is an fully electric compact SUV from the Japanese automaker that has been unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show on Monday.
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Toyota bZ4X is an fully electric compact SUV from the Japanese automaker that has been unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show on Monday.
The Toyota bZ4X electric compact SUV concept gets a sharp design that is visible from its nose to toe.
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The Toyota bZ4X electric compact SUV concept gets a sharp design that is visible from its nose to toe.
Based on the e-TNGA platform, the Toyota bZ4X EV concept will be the first model from the bZ portfolio of the Japanese car brand, claims the automaker.
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Based on the e-TNGA platform, the Toyota bZ4X EV concept will be the first model from the bZ portfolio of the Japanese car brand, claims the automaker.
The bZ badging is specially dedicated to the electric vehicles. The blue colour tone of the bZ badge indicates towards the zero emission characteristics of the car.
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The bZ badging is specially dedicated to the electric vehicles. The blue colour tone of the bZ badge indicates towards the zero emission characteristics of the car.
The car gets a sharp and bold looking front profile with multi-lamp LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, a large air intake at the bottom. However, no conventional front grille is there considering it is an EV.
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The car gets a sharp and bold looking front profile with multi-lamp LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, a large air intake at the bottom. However, no conventional front grille is there considering it is an EV.
Toyota bZ4X's rear profile too carries the same sharpness. It gets sleek LED taillights that are connected by an LED strip running the full width of the car, right through the centre of the tailgate.
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Toyota bZ4X's rear profile too carries the same sharpness. It gets sleek LED taillights that are connected by an LED strip running the full width of the car, right through the centre of the tailgate.
The cabin too gets a unique look with a sporty steering wheel, large digital display, touchpad and all other premium features.
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The cabin too gets a unique look with a sporty steering wheel, large digital display, touchpad and all other premium features.
The interior gets premium upholstery material and a dual tone appearance.
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The interior gets premium upholstery material and a dual tone appearance.
Instead of conventional dials and knobs and buttons, the Toyota bZ4X gets a large touchpad that can act as the controller of several functions of the car. Besides that it also gets a large central dial and couple of buttons.
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Instead of conventional dials and knobs and buttons, the Toyota bZ4X gets a large touchpad that can act as the controller of several functions of the car. Besides that it also gets a large central dial and couple of buttons.
The two-row seater cabin gets ample space for the occupants.
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The two-row seater cabin gets ample space for the occupants.
Overall, the Toyota bZ4X looks very attractive and appealing with its complete package.
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Overall, the Toyota bZ4X looks very attractive and appealing with its complete package.
The most eye-catching element inside the cabin is the sporty steering wheel. Instead of a conventional round shaped wheel, it gets a controller that takes inspiration from Formula One cars and looks like straight out of video games.
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The most eye-catching element inside the cabin is the sporty steering wheel. Instead of a conventional round shaped wheel, it gets a controller that takes inspiration from Formula One cars and looks like straight out of video games.

The recall orders were issued owing to concerns that some units of the bZ4X ran a risk of wheels becoming loose. According to a Reuters report quoting two sources, Toyota will now submit a set of measures to fix this issue with Japan's transport ministry. This means that the bZ4X could return to seller shelves soon.

Toyota had launched an investigation to check the wheel issue on the bZ4X and even asked owners of the EV to not drive their cars till its own investigation is concluded. Additionally, the company had even offered to buy back potentially faulty units of the EV. In an official statement, the company had apologized for the possible safety defect and had highlighted that it would thoroughly look into the matter. The entire recall order covered units sold not just in Japan but in Europe, United States and Canada as well.

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The Toyota bZ4X was first launched in April of this year with the promised range of around 560 kms. Based on the e-TNGA platform, the bZ4X is seen as the first definitive stepping stone for Toyota into the world of fully-electric cars. Aimed at the likes of Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, the Toyota bZ4X electric SUV has a 71.4 kWh battery pack at its core and takes 5.8 seconds to go from 0 to 100 kmph. It is also offered in two trims - in a single as well as dual motor set up.

First Published Date: 06 Oct 2022, 09:02 AM IST
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