Toyota bZ4X front quarter

The Electric Toyota bZ4X is coming to New Zealand in 2024

The first of many Toyota EVs has been confirmed for the New Zealand market, with the bZ4X arriving early 2024.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Toyota’s first EV, the bZ4X is coming to New Zealand in 2024
  • Similar to the Toyota RAV4 in size
  • Available in two models: front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
  • Both have a lithium-ion 71.4 kW battery, which can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes with a 150 kW charger
  • Register your interest >

Keep reading for more. Please note that the pre-production model is shown.

Toyota bZ4X side view
Toyota bZ4X rear quarter

What we know about the bZ4X so far

The upcoming Toyota bZ (beyond Zero) series promises to introduce new driving experiences, new technologies to better connect to one another, zero-emissions performance, and a zero-harm experience with additional safety features.

It will be available in two different model variants – the front-wheel bZ4X Pure and all-wheel drive bZ4X Motion. Both are powered by a 71.4 kW lithium-ion battery, which can be charged to 80% in just 30 minutes at a 150 kW charging station. The Pure FWD model will get a 150 kW electric motor, whilst the AWD Motion will be specced out with two 80 kW motors.

In terms of size, the bZ4X is nearly identical to the popular RAV4, coming in at 4690 mm long, 1860 mm wide, and 1650 mm tall. First images of the bZ4X reveal a striking SUV with dynamic lines, infinite rear lighting, and a sleek side profile – you wouldn’t be amiss thinking it looks somewhat similar to its Lexus sibling, the Lexus RZ (read our comprehensive review here), with both vehicles running on the same e-TNGA platform.

Torque, range, and further specifications haven’t been confirmed for the New Zealand market just yet, but going off international specifications Kiwi models could be looking at up to 510 km WLTP.*

The aim of the bZ range is not just to create electric vehicles that eliminate emissions, but to also offer new mobility solutions whilst also maintaining an enjoyable driving experience, says Steve Prangnell of Toyota New Zealand.

“We are aiming to create value for people and the planet beyond zero emissions. The Toyota bZ4X SUV is the first of a range of battery electric vehicles (BEV) that we will launch in NZ, which will appeal to everyday New Zealanders, as they are borne of the same stable that has created Toyota’s legendary well-built, easy-to-drive vehicles. While it is packed with new technology, including our third-generation active safety systems, it drives like any other Toyota – you don’t have to learn a new way of driving or worry about how the software works. Just jump in the car and drive it with hardly any learning curve at all.”

– Steve Prangnell, Toyota New Zealand Vice President of New Vehicles

What does the bZ4X name stand for?

The bZ stands for Toyota’s newest future-focused badge in their product mix ‘beyond Zero’, whilst the 4 is the size indicator – in this case, a medium-large SUV similar to the likes of the RAV4.

Toyota New Zealand’s science-based sustainability targets

The upcoming bZ4X will play a key role in Toyota’s science-based commitment to reduce tailpipe emissions from its portfolio by a minimum of 46% by 2030, eventually working towards a net zero carbon position by 2050.

Toyota bZ4X front

Register your interest in the bZ4X

Toyota New Zealand has said initial numbers of the bZ4X will be limited, and encourage potential owners to sign up for updates to receive the latest information.

*WLTP is the new official EU test used to calculate standardised fuel consumption and CO₂ figures for passenger cars. It measures fuel, energy consumption, range and emissions. This is designed to provide figures closer to real-world driving behaviour. It tests vehicles with optional equipment and with a more demanding test procedure and driving profile. Figures are shown as a range under WLTP testing measures. The most economical figures refer to the most efficient/lightest set of options. A vehicle’s actual fuel consumption may differ from that achieved in such tests and these figures are for comparative purposes only.

The Toyota bZ4X pre-production model is shown.

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