Australia to start sales of all-electric Toyota bZ4X in February 2024

By CARSIFU | 20 December 2023

SYDNEY: Ahead of the fully electric Toyota bZ4X SUV's launch in Australia in February 2024, the Japanese automaker says the latest version of the bZ4X incorporates software changes that conserve battery power by optimally controlling, and reducing the car’s dependence on, the climate-control system.

The revised system now automatically defaults to AUTO (ECO) mode to reduce the amount of power drawn from the car’s battery – a move Toyota says can improve its real-world driving range.

Further power savings are achieved in cooler weather by prioritising heating of the front seats and steering wheel to support the desired ambient temperature.

A humidity sensor also contributes by detecting fogging on the windscreen and more precisely controlling the timing of outside air intake.

Drivers will have access to additional information about the battery state of charge, via a 7.0-inch colour multi-information display.

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They can check the estimated time needed to recharge the battery to 80% and view the remaining range based on whether the climate-control system is switched on or off.

Charging times have been shortened in extreme cold weather by as much as 30 per cent due to improved battery warm-up performance.

The bZ4X will be offered in Australia with two set-ups: a 150kW/266Nm single-motor front-wheel drive (FWD) and a 160kW/337Nm dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD).

Both versions are equipped with a 71.4kWh lithium-ion battery with an AC charging capacity of 11kW and DC charging capacity of 150kW.

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A high level of standard features includes LED lights, 20-inch alloy wheels, sports seats with premium fabric and synthetic leather trim, and heated front seats with power adjustment for the driver.

Comfort and convenience appointments include dual-zone climate control, keyless smart entry and start, and a 12.3-inch multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, along with an extensive suite of Toyota Safety Sense driver assistance features.

AWD versions gain further features including roof rails and spoiler, fixed panoramic roof, heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats, full synthetic leather trim, wireless phone charger, JBL premium audio system and X-Mode off-tarmac drive system with Snow/Dirt, Deep Snow/Mud, and Grip Control modes.

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