New electric Toyota bZ4X to start at just under £ 42,000

Toyota’s new electric family SUV, the bZ4X, goes on sale in the UK next year with prices starting at just under £ 42,000. The all-new car will be offered in a choice of three base trim levels, although a high-specification Premiere Edition version will also be available to mark the debut of the bZ4X.

The bZ4X is being built as part of a joint venture with another Japanese automaker Subaru, which is launching a roughly identical car under the Solterra name. Both will be fully electric alternatives to the Skoda Enyaq iV, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID. 4.

Things start with the entry-level Pure grade, which starts at £ 41,950 and comes with 18-inch alloy rims, an eight-inch infotainment screen and digital instrumentation display, as well as a rear view camera, air conditioning system and keyless entry. Optional extras will include roof rails and even a tow pack.

The Basic Pure bZ4X will be offered exclusively in a front-wheel drive version, with power from a 201 hp electric motor. This, in turn, will be powered by a 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery that is expected to provide up to 280 miles of range in the official economy test.

The switch to the Motion model allows customers to choose between Pure’s front-wheel drive system or an all-wheel-drive electric powertrain, which offers 215 hp. Both give the bZ4X the same top speed of 100 mph, but the all-wheel-drive car is more than half a second faster at 62 mph, handling the benchmark sprint in 7.7 seconds.

Toyota bZ4X

Motion models start at £ 45,750 in the front-wheel drive version, rising to £ 48,350 in the all-wheel-drive format. That pays for a rear spoiler, private rear window, and power tailgate, along with parking sensors, heated front seats, and wireless phone charging. And for those who want more, there’s a list of options with a panoramic glass roof, 20-inch alloy rims, and additional safety tech.

The base line is rounded off by the Vision grade, which gets 20-inch alloys as standard, not to mention rear parking sensors with automatic braking function, synthetic leather seats and both heated and ventilated front seats. There is also a heated steering wheel, as well as a “digital key” system that allows operation of the car with a smartphone app. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions will be available, priced at £ 47,650 and £ 50,250 respectively.

Finally, the £ 51,550 Premiere Edition will mark the car’s UK launch, providing all Vision gear, as well as a nine-speaker JBL sound system and panoramic glass roof. The car comes standard with all-wheel drive.

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