As previously made by brands such as Audi (e-tron), Hyundai (IONIQ), Mercedes-Benz (EQ) or Volkswagen (ID), Toyota will use a different trade name for its electric cars: BZ (Beyond Zero, «more beyond zero \’ ) . The first model belonging to the BZ range will hit the market this year.
In total, the Japanese firm has registered ten nomenclatures : Toyota BZ1, Toyota BZ2, Toyota BZ3, Toyota BZ4, Toyota BZ5, Toyota BZ1X, Toyota BZ2X, Toyota BZ3X, Toyota BZ4X and Toyota BZ5X. Initially, the BZ- models will be passenger cars and the BZ-X SUVs, while the numbers will refer to the size of the car.
Depending on their dimensions, the cars sold today are classified into six categories (segment A, segment B, segment C, segment D, segment E, and segment F). Apparently Toyota will leave the F segment (representation saloons) to its premium Lexus division, which would explain that only the numbers 1 to 5 have been registered .
The first member of the BZ range will be a family SUV (segment D) related to the Subaru Evoltis. Toyota itself has confirmed that this model, which will be presented in the coming weeks on the occasion of the Shanghai Auto Show, will have dimensions very similar to those of the popular RAV4 , one of the most important Toyota cars internationally together with the Corolla, Land Cruiser and Hilux.
Our protagonist will initially be christened Toyota BZ4X and will make use of the e-TNGA modular platform. After him, the arrival of another five pure electric vehicles developed on this architecture is planned, which will be launched between 2021 and 2025. In addition, Lexus and the “satellite” brands Mazda, Subaru and Suzuki will also use this base.
Among the rivals of the BZ4X we will find models such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Hyundai IONIQ 5, the Nissan Ariya, the Tesla Model Y or the Volkswagen ID.4, among others. Against these, it is likely that the Toyota stands out thanks to outstanding off-road capabilities , as it will have an intelligent all-wheel drive system developed by Subaru .