Toyota has announced the second model in its bZ series, the battery electric (BEV) Toyota bZ3. It is jointly developed for China by Toyota, BYD, and FAW Toyota.
Like the Toyota bZ4X, the bZ3 is underpinned by the e-TNGA vehicle platform that is said to offer more responsive performance, with a low center of gravity and excellent handling stability.
The bZ3 uses BYD's lithium-ion LFP battery with a maximum range of up to 600 km under the China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle (CLTC), though details such as size and charging capabilities were not revealed. Powertrain details have also yet to be divulged.
Exterior wise, the bZ3 features the Toyota bZ series’ hammerhead shark-like design format. The corners of the bumper emphasize air guides and air curtains, while the flat door handles, aluminium wheels, and rear bumper shaped to reduce air resistance result in aerodynamics with a drag coefficient value of 0.218 Cd.
It measures 4,725 mm long, 1,835 mm wide, 1,475 mm tall, with a wheelbase stretching at 2,880 mm. For reference, the Toyota Corolla Altis is 4,630 mm long, 1,780 mm wide, and 1,435 mm tall while wheelbase is 2,700 mm long.
Inside, it features a large vertical centre display with a tray-type console called the ‘Digital Island’. Air conditioning, music, trunk release, and other controls are integrated into the large display. There’s also smartphone connectivity and wireless charging.
As reported earlier, the Toyota bZ3 will be made in FAW’s plant in Tianjin, built on the same assembly line as the bZ4X. More details will be announced as it approaches its launch in China.
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