Toyota bZ4X EV Unveiled, With Tesla-Like Yoke Steering Wheel

Following Toyota’s announcement of the bZ4X concept earlier this year, the company has officially released specs and other details about the upcoming bZ line of electric vehicles (EVs).

Toyota announced the all-electric bZ4X production model, set to launch globally in mid-2022 according to a press release shared on Thursday. The bZ4X is set to be the first model from Toyota’s “beyond Zero” line, alluding to the company’s plans to take EVs further than just reaching net-zero carbon.

Toyota plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, and the bZ4X electric SUV will be the first of a long lineup of cars dedicated to “sustainably reaching net-zero carbon.”

The five-seater all-electric vehicle will also include over-the-air (OTA) updates, a dial shifter, the option for a roof solar panel, Toyota’s Safety Sense, Advanced Park and other advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features, in addition to a slew of other features.

The vehicle also includes the option for a steering yolk, not dissimilar from the ones offered in some of Tesla’s Model S and Model X refresh vehicles.

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The press release also shared specs of the company’s Japan-manufactured bZ4X models, including that there will be two models – a forward-wheel drive and a 4-wheel drive, which will include dual and tri-motor engines, respectively, and lithium-ion batteries.

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You can see Toyota’s full teaser of the bZ4X electric SUV here: