Released first images of Toyota bZ3 electric sedan only in China
Images of the Toyota bZ3 have emerged, previewing the automaker’s next all-electric vehicle which will launch later in 2022 as a China-only offering.
Several local Chinese automotive media published images of the new Toyota bZ3, which were reportedly released by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in a draft list of new models launched in China.
Reuters announced in late 2021 that Toyota would launch an all-electric small sedan for the Chinese market in late 2022 after partnering with local Chinese automaker BYD on the key technologies needed to make an affordable yet roomy runabout.
At the time, it was reported that Toyota was looking to develop a China-only electric vehicle similar to its popular Corolla that would use BYD’s lithium-iron-phosphate blade battery.
Two versions of the Toyota bZ3 were on the list, according to CnEVPost, although both offered essentially the same specifications and only slight variations, such as engines offering 135kW and 180kW peak power.
Measuring 4725mm long, 1835mm wide and 1475mm high, the bZ3 features a look inspired by Toyota’s bZ4X SUV and a sleek, sleek roofline. Additional details on the bumpers are the few changes that have been made to the original bZ SDN concept that preceded the bZ3.
The bZ3 is only the second battery electric vehicle from the Japanese manufacturer. He pioneered hybrid vehicles with great success, starting with the Prius. Its hybrid Rav4 accounted for the majority of its sales in Australia in 2021.
However, he ran into hurdles with his first battery electric car, the bZ4X, which was recalled after it was revealed that a wheel bolt problem could cause its wheels to fall off. Since the recall first issued in June, it has since offered to buy back customers’ vehicles.
Joshua S. Hill is a Melbourne-based journalist who has written about climate change, clean technology and electric vehicles for over 15 years. He has been reporting on electric vehicles and clean technologies for Renew Economy and The Driven since 2012. His preferred mode of transport is his feet.