Japanese multinational car giant Toyota Motor Corporation has not been the most active automaker on the electric mobility front. But that doesn’t mean he won’t try to dominate the segment. Recently, some images of the company’s Tesla rivaling the all-electric 2023 Toyota bZ3 sedan found their way onto the internet. Toyota’s bZ SDN concept previewed the bZ3 last year, and these photographs from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology show that the actual vehicle looks virtually identical to the concept.
This new model will join the bZ4X in Toyota’s electric vehicle lineup and will have some design similarities to the bZ4X. The new bZ3 will come with a set of comparable headlights and a prominent LED light bar up front and will have extra wide side windows. The side appearance of the sedan differs from previous Toyota cars due to the steeply raked windshield and the short, crossover rear trunk. According to the information uploaded with the photographs, the BZ3 will be around 186 inches long.
The bZ3 is seen in a two-tone white and black paint scheme, with black window pillars and surrounds. The rear of the electric car, like the front, resembles the bZ4X and also contains hints of the hydrogen-powered Mirai, due to the taillight and lightbar design. As of now, there have been no sightings of the interior of this upcoming vehicle, but it is likely to be similar to the BZ4X, with a digital instrument cluster and a large landscape-oriented infotainment screen. In China, as with the BZ4X, a yoke-type flywheel may be available as an alternative to the regular flywheel.
In terms of powertrain, a single 181 or 240 horsepower electric motor at the rear axle will propel the vehicle. Additionally, it is believed to have a top speed of around 100 mph. Specifications for other markets may vary. Toyota’s first electric vehicle platform, the e-TNGA platform, will be the basis for this future vehicle. As for the launch date of the new bZ3, it will be available in China in 2023. The availability of the bZ3 in other regions has not yet been announced, although whether it will be launched in other parts of the world, it will most likely arrive in 2024. .
In other Toyota news, Toyota dealerships across India recently stopped taking new bookings for the diesel-powered Innova Crysta. It is believed that the company will soon abandon its infamous model and replace it with a hybrid-powered model.
The company, in an official statement addressing the pause in reservations, said: “The Toyota Innova, TKM’s flagship offering in India, has come a long way since its introduction in 2005. Having created its own niche, the leader versatile segment Innova has always remained a cut above compared to other models in the segment. Over the years, the vehicle has undergone several upgrades be it luxury, comfort or performance features to meet the ever-changing needs of Indian customers. Likewise, the second generation of Innova Crysta continues to win the hearts of customers, being itself a leader in the segment.
He further added, “Having found its way into almost a million homes in India, the Innova brand has become synonymous with quality, durability and reliability and is widely preferred by customers in the personal and commercial segments. However, due to very high demand which resulted in an increased waiting period for the diesel variant of Innova Crysta, TKM decided to temporarily stop taking orders for the diesel variant. As a customer-centric company, we strive to provide vehicles to customers who have already made reservations with our dealerships. However, we will continue to take orders for the gasoline variant of Innova Crysta.