Toyota is injecting the bZ4X – the first of seven full-electric models from the Beyond Zero subbrand due by 2025 -- with off-road capabilities take from its successful RAV4 compact SUV.
Those include the ability to drive through up to 50 cm of water and to handle deep snow and mud. Toyota’s aim is to bring “genuine SUV off-road driving capability” to the electric car sector for the first time, the automaker said in a release.
The awd version of the bZ4X features 80 kW electric motors on each axle to provide power to the front and back of the car. Maximum power is 218 hp, with 337 newton meters of torque and acceleration 0 to 100 kph in 6.9 seconds.
Top speed is 160 kph. The awd midsize SUV’s use of power from the front and rear motors is optimized to achieve better overall power consumption. For example, only the front motor is used when limited torque is needed.