Toyota Has Expansion Plans for bZ Family

toyota has expansion plans for bz family

Toyota plans on having seven models in its bZ family of EVs by 2025, according to Motor1. Scheduled to arrive in the late spring, the bZ4X crossover will be the first of those models, as you likely know. And there are more on the way.

The rendering of the bZ5 sedan replaces the crossover bZ4X’s blunt nose with a sharper shape, looking somewhat like a Nissan Maxima from the side, with a raked A-pillar and blacked-out elements for both the B- and C-pillars, while maintaining a low roofline and long hood.

One should expect many of the bZ family models to ride on the E-TNGA platform Toyota has developed. This would mean that sedans like the bZ5 could share their’ batteries & electric motor powertrain with the bZ4X crossover. These front and all-wheel-drive layouts should be generating 201 and 215 horsepower, respectively.

The bZ4X will come with a 71.4 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery in its’ front-wheel-drive (FWD) configuration, with an estimated driving range of 252 miles. The all-wheel-drive (AWD) iteration will be powered by a 72.8 kWh battery pack which will have an estimated range of 228 miles.

The E-TNGA platform can support more power, as evidenced by the 308 hp Lexus RZ450e, which derives its’ power from a pair of electric motors and should offer around 225 miles of cruising range from its’ 71.4kWh battery pack.

Akio Toyoda did a presentation in December of 2021, where it showed 15 of its’ concept EVs for the Toyota and Lexus brands. Displayed were vehicles from practically every segment, including a boxy off-roader as well as an open-roof sports car.

Toyota has made plans to offer up to 30 EVs by 2030, as well as have a fully electric lineup in Europe, China, and the United States by 2030 as well. Toyota has stated that they are investing up to $70 billion USD to make this transition to electric power, as the entire automotive industry is, or at least claims to be, in a transition towards an all EV future.

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  • SoCalMikester SoCalMikester on Jun 08, 2022

    they should just make everything a plug-in hybrid, even if it only gives 50 miles. thats enough for a lot of people for a days use. bonus if its a straight 120v connect.

    • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Jul 25, 2022

      Why drag around and maintain an ICE and transmission if your use case doesn't require it? We have one EV out of two cars, and we wouldn't get any value out of making it a PHEV.

      You can connect any EV to a 120v outlet; most of them include the "convenience cord" needed to do that in the trunk. We have been charging our Bolt only on 120v for the last eight months, living in a temporary rental while our house is rebuilt, and it's been fine.

  • Polka King Polka King on Jun 08, 2022

    Toyota wins the ugly contest again!!!

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  • FreedMike Back in the '70s, the one thing keeping consumers from buying more Datsuns was styling - these guys were bringing over some of the ugliest product imaginable. Remember the F10? As hard as I try to blot that rolling aberration from my memory, it comes back. So the name change to Nissan made sense, and happened right as they started bringing over good-looking product (like the Maxima that will be featured in this series). They made a pretty clean break.
  • Flowerplough Liability - Autonomous vehicles must be programmed to make life-ending decisions, and who wants to risk that? Hit the moose or dive into the steep grassy ditch? Ram the sudden pile up that is occurring mere feet in front of the bumper or scan the oncoming lane and swing left? Ram the rogue machine that suddenly swung into my lane, head on, or hop up onto the sidewalk and maybe bump a pedestrian? With no driver involved, Ford/Volkswagen or GM or whomever will bear full responsibility and, in America, be ambulance-chaser sued into bankruptcy and extinction in well under a decade. Or maybe the yuge corporations will get special, good-faith, immunity laws, nation-wide? Yeah, that's the ticket.
  • FreedMike It's not that consumers wouldn't want this tech in theory - I think they would. Honestly, the idea of a car that can take over the truly tedious driving stuff that drives me bonkers - like sitting in traffic - appeals to me. But there's no way I'd put my property and my life in the hands of tech that's clearly not ready for prime time, and neither would the majority of other drivers. If they want this tech to sell, they need to get it right.
  • TitaniumZ Of course they are starting to "sour" on the idea. That's what happens when cars start to drive better than people. Humanpilots mostly suck and make bad decisions.