Toyota has revealed its new battery-electric mid-sized SUV concept at the Shanghai motor show today.
The Toyota bZ4X will be the first of seven 'bZ' ('beyond Zero') models to be launched globally by 2025.
At this stage, the bZ4X is expected to launch in Asian markets in mid-2022 followed by an Australian release.
Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said: "Adding the first battery-electric vehicle to our range builds on our approach of providing a variety of powertrain options, while reducing emissions. Further 'bZ' series vehicles will be considered and introduced as appropriate for Australia in due course, expanding Toyota's electrified vehicle choices.
"Our approach reiterates Toyota Australia's absolute commitment to reducing its CO2 footprint and the adoption of new technologies across our extensive range of vehicles, whilst recognising the different practical needs of Australian customers and geographies. Offering a number of powertrain choices to suit customer needs is essential.
"Globally, Toyota has more than 20 years of proven design and development experience in electrified powertrains.
"We will continue to evaluate the market in Australia and strive towards increasing to a powertrain mix that includes a form of electrification across our vehicle range by 2030, excluding GR and performance models," Mr Hanley said.
Interestingly, Toyota is yet to reveal any of the bZ4X’s powertrain details.
The Australian release date of Toyota’s first battery-electric model will be confirmed closer to launch.
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