Toyota unveils two new bZ Series electric cars under development at Auto Shanghai

Toyota has unveiled two new battery electric vehicle (BEV) concept models, the bZ Sport Crossover Concept and bZ FlexSpace Concept, at Auto Shanghai. The concept models are being developed as part of the Toyota bZ series, a brand dedicated to BEVs.

The two new models will be launched in the Chinese market in 2024 and will be two models out of the 10 BEV models that Toyota are planning to release by 2026. The bZ Sport Crossover Concept is a crossover-type BEV with active and distinctive styling. It has been jointly developed by Toyota and BYD. It will be produced and sold by FAW Toyota Motor. 

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The concept of this model is “Reboot” which incorporates the idea of a change of pace the moment you get in and drive around. It has been designed with functions to provide a personal space for younger customers. 

The bZ Sport Crossover Concept is also being developed so that its functions will continue to evolve after purchase, including intelligent features such as driver assistance and automatic parking, so that owners can continuously enjoy an up-to-date car with all five senses.

Conversely, the bZ FlexSpace Concept is a family-oriented electric SUV with a focus on utility. It is being jointly developed by Toyota, Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (GAC), GAC Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. and TMEC, and is planned to be produced and sold by GAC Toyota Motor. 

The concept of this model is “Cozy Home, to create a space that families can use safely, comfortably and freely with peace of mind. The bZ FlexSpace Concept offers a large cabin space, ease of use, advanced safety and a reliable cruising range, as well as various intelligent functions. Development is ongoing to create a car that is ideal for families, friends and couples. 

Toyota is accelerating the expansion of its BEV lineup jointly with local partners to offer products with more value that better appeal to customers in China. 

This news follows the announcement in November 2022 from Toyota of the new bZ Compact electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) Concept when the company gave a glimpse of what the future could be with the Toyota bZ Compact SUV. This followed Toyota announcing the bZ4X electric car that is ready for its European sales launch.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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