A Nod to the Future: Toyota bZ Compact SUV Concept Revealed.
Toyota bZ Compact SUV Concept Revealed.
The new Toyota bZ Compact SUV Concept is making its global debut at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show. Toyota is giving a glimpse of what the future could be with the bZ Compact SUV Concept, extending the company’s electrified vision and following on from Toyota President Akio Toyoda’s statement in 2021, outlining the company’s plans to offer 30 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2030.
The Toyota bZ Compact SUV Concept is designed as a full battery-electric vehicle (BEV), using a clean-vital design approach. This approach celebrates the duality of the vehicle that achieves both the minimalistic design one would expect from a BEV with the vitality of the future. The concept represents a vehicle with zero emissions, utilising low-impact, sustainable materials, that also brings dynamic performance, leading tech, and a stylish appearance.
Commenting on the announcement, Zoe Bradley, head of marketing communications and corporate affairs at Toyota Ireland, said, “In line with our ‘Built For A Better World’ brand purpose Toyota envisions a future in which carbon neutrality is achieved through the practical introduction of a portfolio of products with advanced, alternative fuel and zero-emissions powertrain technologies. A diverse portfolio of electrified products will help propel Toyota towards its global goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.”
The aerodynamic form of the bZ compact SUV concept enhances its futuristic look which includes the wheels pushed to the corners for an aggressive stance – making it appear as if it’s moving even when standing still. The short overhangs and sweepback angles make it stand out as an advanced technology vehicle, while a narrowed-down cabin design gives it an agile appearance for low drag.
The edgy styling extends to the interior with premium finishes resulting in a distinctive look. Notably, the design team included several eco-friendly touches, like seating made from plant-based and recycled materials. An in-car personal assistant connects the driver and passengers with the vehicle through audio and visual lighting cues that move around the cabin, responding to requests or commands from front or rear passengers.
More information on this concept will be revealed in December, 2022