first images of china-only toyota bz3 electric sedan published

Credit: Chinese Ministry for Industry and Information Technology, via CnEVPost.

Images of the Toyota bZ3 have emerged, giving a glimpse of the carmaker’s next all-electric vehicle that will be launched later in 2022 as a China-only offering.

Several local Chinese automotive media have published images of the new Toyota bZ3, which were reportedly released by the Chinese Ministry for Industry and Information Technology in a draft list of new models launching in China.

Reuters reported in late-2021 that Toyota would launch an all-electric small sedan for the Chinese market in late-2022 after it partnered with local Chinese automaker BYD for key technologies necessary to make an affordable yet roomy runabout.

At the time, it was reported that Toyota was looking to develop a China-only EV similar to its popular Corolla which would use BYD’s lithium-iron-phosphate blade battery.

Two versions of the Toyota bZ3 were included on the list, according to CnEVPost, though both offered basically the same specifications and only mild variations, such as motors boasting peak power of 135kW and 180kW.

first images of china-only toyota bz3 electric sedan published

Credit: Chinese Ministry for Industry and Information Technology, via CnEVPost.

Measuring in at 4,725mm long, 1,835mm wide, and 1,475mm high, the bZ3 boasts looks inspired by Toyota’s bZ4X SUV and has a  smooth and sleek roofline. Extra details on the bumpers are the few modifications that have been made from the original bZ SDN concept that preceded the bZ3.

The bZ3 is only the second battery electric vehicle from the Japanese carmaker. It pioneered hybrid vehicles with great success, starting with the Prius. Its hybrid Rav4 accounted for the majority of its sales in Australia in 2021.

However, it has hit hurdles with its first battery electric car, the bZ4X, which was recalled after it was revealed that a wheel bolt issue could result in its wheels falling off. Since first issuing the recall in June, it has since offered to buy back vehicles from customers.

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