BRUSSELS -- Toyota plans to launch five additional full-electric cars in Europe under the bZ subbrand by 2026, joining the bZ4X midsize SUV.
The first will be a small car arriving next year, Toyota Motor Europe head Matt Harrison told Automotive News Europe last week at Toyota’s Kenshiki forum in Brussels. The car will be an SUV, a separate source within the company said.
Toyota launched the bZ4X this year after focusing on building out a range of full-hybrid models to meet its EU emissions targets. It also sells full-electric vans built by Stellantis but branded as Toyotas.
The confirmation that Toyota will expand its full-electric passenger-car lineup “indicates our clear commitment to battery-electric vehicles,” Harrison said. The coming bZ lineup includes small and compact SUV/crossovers, and three larger models. The bZ models will be sold internationally.
At the Brussels event, Toyota displayed the bZ compact electric SUV concept first revealed at the Los Angeles auto show in November.
The concept previews a car in the compact SUV segment expected in 2025, a person with knowledge of Toyota’s product plan said.
The bZ concept is 4538 mm long, putting it at the upper end of the compact segment. A production version will most likely be sold as the bZ3X.