Toyota has unveiled 11 new all-electric concept vehicles previewing the brand’s future strategy when it comes to EVs.
Announced by company CEO Akio Toyoda, the new concepts include four bZ-series models previewing more inexpensive production cars that will eventually sit alongside the previously announced bZ4X SUV in the firm’s line-up.
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These include a bZ compact SUV with a rakish roofline that draws parallels with the firm’s existing C-HR hybrid SUV, reinventing it for the electric age.
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It was joined on stage by a bZ small crossover prototype, which looks like an EV version of the brand’s recently unveiled Aygo X city car crossover, featuring similar styling cues, such as the chunky, black-clad wheel arches and raised ride height but retaining typically compact city car proportions.
Toyoda said that the bZ small crossover would be aimed at the European and Japanese markets and would target a power consumption of five miles per kWh, commenting “The more batteries you add to extend cruising range, the bigger, heavier, and more expensive a vehicle becomes. because this SUV is a small vehicle, there is something we must be thorough and very particular about. and that is power efficiency.”
This will be the next model to launch in Toyota’s bZ series, and could make its debut in production form next year.