Corolla-like Toyota bZ sedan (Toyota bZ3): What we know

  • The Toyota bZ3 is based on the e-TNGA and is bigger than the Tesla Model 3
  • Delivers a CLTC range of up to 616 km (383 mi) with BYD battery
  • Exclusive to China; launch reportedly scheduled in Q1 2023 in two range versions
  • To be priced from around CNY 189,800 (USD 27,158)

Update: ‘Price & Release Date’ section updated.

Following the Toyota bZ4X electric SUV, Toyota has introduced a Toyota bZ sedan EV called Toyota bZ3. According to a report Reuters released on December 3, 2021, the Toyota bZ sedan EV is only for the Chinese market. Here’s everything you need to know about the Toyota electric sedan:

Design

The Toyota bZ3 is a pure-electric compact sedan, a zero-emissions alternative to the globally popular Toyota Corolla. Toyota, BYD Toyota Electric Vehicle Technology, a joint venture between Toyota and BYD, and FAW Toyota jointly developed the model for China.

Toyota bZ3 front three quarter
The Toyota bZ3 has a low drag coefficient of just 0.218 Cd which will has helped the car’s range. Image Source: Toyota

Front

The bZ3 features the bZ signature hammerhead shark-like design format, and it has a relaxed silhouette focused on space. The exterior of the car is nearly identical to the bZ SDN concept showcased at Toyota’s Beyond Zero presentation in December 2021.

Like the show car, the bZ3 features a low curvy bonnet with muscles on the flanks, L-shaped headlamps, and an intake on the chin. The concave nose section leaves the car with a shark-like, vigorous impression. The corner pieces of the bumper feature an imprint along with horizontal lines. The top-end variant features the concept’s four-eyed, jewel-type multi-LED projector headlights.

Side

On the sides, the bZ3’s wheels are smaller, 18-inch units, but the design is similar to the concept. The base configuration has 16-inch wheels and basic headlamps. Bold sculpting on the door panels, flush-fitting door handles, a long, curvy greenhouse with a particularly large, triangular quarter glass, and a smoothly sloping roofline that looks more aerodynamic than that of the Corolla sedan are the other visual highlights.

Rear

Top-end Toyota bZ3 rear
The top-end Toyota bZ3 features multi-LED projector headlights and a sunroof. Image Source: China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)

At the rear, a full-width tail lamp extends to the car’s shoulders to give it an aggressive style. The sleek, short deck and stubby lower portion of the tail lend a modern look to this coupe-like sedan. Up top, the production car features a regular-sized sunroof.

Interior

One would expect the Toyota bZ3 to share its interior with the bZ4X in the interest of cost and time, but that’s not the case. While the layout is the same, the design is completely unique.

Unlike the bZ4X, the Toyota electric sedan has a dashboard that looks slim and wide, a squircle steering wheel with what looks like a camera to monitor driver attention, a floating center console with a chic design and a portrait touchscreen infotainment system, and a wide digital instrument cluster. The driver and front passenger can use the vertical display for AC, windows, music, trunk release, and other controls.

Toyota developed the bZ3 with a ‘Family Lounge’ theme in mind, meaning space and entertainment were the focus areas. The car’s large windows should let plenty of light in. Plus, there is generous knee room for the rear seat passenger. The new electric sedan has a sunroof, arm rest, and rear AC vents as well.

Specifications

Based on the e-TNGA platform, the Toyota bZ3 is 4,725 mm (186.0 in.) long, 1,835 mm (72.2 in.) wide, and 1,475 mm (58.1 in.) tall. It has a wheelbase of 2,880 mm (113.4 in.), slightly longer than the Tesla Model 3. It will be available in standard-range and extended-range variants. The standard-range variant has a 135 kW (181 hp) powertrain and the extended-range variant has a 180 kW (241 hp) powertrain. However, the top speed is the same regardless of the powertrain – 160 km/h (99 mph).

BYD Blade battery
Toyota established an R&D joint venture with BYD in 2020, called BYD Toyota EV Technology. Image: BYD

As per the MIIT declaration, FAW-Toyota will offer two battery options in the bZ3. The standard-range variant has a 49.92 kWh LFP battery pack that delivers a CLTC range of 517 kilometers (321 miles). The extended-range variant uses a 65.28 kWh LFP battery pack that returns a CLTC range of 616 kilometers (383 miles). It’s likely the Blade battery, as the manufacturer is Wuwei Fudi Battery, which is a subsidiary of BYD. After all, Toyota has developed the electric sedan in partnership with BYD.

The Blade battery, which is marketed as “ultra-safe,” is low-cost and is 5-10 cm thinner than conventional EV batteries, opening up more room in the interior. It could help make the Toyota electric sedan as roomy as a Camry in a smaller footprint.

AspectToyota bZ3 Standard-Range SpecificationToyota bZ3 Long-Range Specification
Length4,725 mm (186.0 in.)4,725 mm (186.0 in.)
Width1,835 mm (72.2 in.)1,835 mm (72.2 in.)
Height1,475 mm (58.1 in.)1,475 mm (58.1 in.)
Wheelbase2,880 mm (113.4 in.)2,880 mm (113.4 in.)
Front Overhang905 mm (35.6 in.)905 mm (35.6 in.)
Rear Overhang940 mm (37.0 in.)940 mm (37.0 in.)
Front Track1,580 mm (62.2 in.)1,580 mm (62.2 in.)
Rear Track1,580 mm (62.2 in.)1,580 mm (62.2 in.)
Tire Size215/65R16 or 225/50R18215/65R16 or 225/50R18
Approach Angle13°13°
Departure Angle23°23°
Motor TypePermanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM)Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM)
System Power135 kW (181 hp)180 kW (241 hp)
System Torque303 Nm (223 lb.-ft.)303 Nm (223 lb.-ft.)
Battery Pack TypeLithium Iron Phosphate (LFP)Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP)
Battery Pack Capacity49.92 kWh65.28 kWh
Battery Pack Energy Density146.39 Wh/kg148.70 Wh/kg
Top Speed160 km/h (99 mph)160 km/h (99 mph)
Curb Weight1,710 kg (3,770 lbs.)1,835 kg (4,045 lbs.) or 1,840 kg (4,057 lbs.)
Gross Weight2,145 kg (4,729)2,260 kg (4,982 lbs.)
Range (CLTC)517 km (321 mi)616 km (383 mi)
Energy Consumption (CLTC)11kWh/100 km (11 kWh/62 mi)12 kWh/100 km (12 kWh/62 mi)
Toyota bZ3 specifications for China (Source: Toyota and China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology)

Production

According to a report Reuters published on September 28, 2022, FAW-Toyota will manufacture the Toyota bZ3 alongside the bZ4X in Tianjin, China, at a rate of 30,000 units/year.

Price & Release Date

The Toyota bZ3 is available in three configurations in China: Elite Pro, Long battery life Pro, and Long battery life Premium. Pre-sale prices start at CNY 189,800 (USD 27,158), with the final prices to be announced in Q1 2023:

ConfigurationToyota bZ3 Price (Pre-sale)
Elite Pro (Standard-Range)CNY 189,800 (USD 27,158)
Long battery life Pro (Extended-Range)CNY 209,800 (USD 30,020)
Long battery life Premium (Extended-Range)CNY 219,800 (USD 31,451)
Toyota bZ3 prices (pre-sale)
Toyota bZ3 charging at 2022 China International Import Expo
The Toyota bZ3 (left) surprisingly looks more aggressive than the bZ4X SUV from the front! Image Source: Toyota

The Toyota bZ3 debuted (public debut) at the 2022 China International Import Expo in Shanghai on November 5, 2022. Toyota showcased the new electric sedan alongside the bZ4X at the event till November 10, 2022.

The bZ3 looks quite bold at the front and rear, but if you ask us, it is most appealing from the side. The electric sedan is clean and elegant, but at the same time, sporty, with its fast-sloping roofline, a sharp shoulder line, and gloss black fender flares. Importantly, and this is a big deal to Chinese customers, it has a long wheelbase, with ample rear knee room.

Toyota sedans are still popular in the U.S.

Bob Carter, Toyota’s top sales executive in the United States, reiterated the brand’s focus on ‘cars’ (referring to sedans in the traditional sense) during a press briefing on April 6, 2022, reports Bloomberg. While global sales trends are increasingly favoring SUVs and crossovers, Toyota sedans like the Corolla and the Camry continue to be popular options for communities like Asian and Hispanic car buyers in America as they are generally more affordable than SUVs or pickups.

Let’s not forget the advantages sedans have over SUVs; they’re more aerodynamic, which improves range, and they have a lower center of gravity, which means better handling. The popularity of ‘cars’ could be a confidence booster for Toyota’s all-electric bZ sedan. Moreover, the Ioniq 6 and the VW Aero B have been confirmed for the U.S., and both Nissan and Infiniti will launch locally-manufactured sedans in 2025.

Also Read: Toyota bZ5/bZ6 fastback sedan, a futuristic Camry electric, teased

TopElectricSUV says

Following gas, gas-electric, diesel, and fuel cell vehicle launches, the Toyota bZ3 will be a new type of sedan for the company, positioned above the Prius and Corolla, offering fully-electric mobility. A more spacious vehicle than the Tesla Model 3 but priced lower, the bZ3 will appeal to families on a budget who do not mind comparatively lower performance and range characteristics. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like any plans are in place to sell this car outside of China.

Toyota bZ3 FAQs

What is the Toyota bZ3 release date?

In China, the Toyota bZ3 will go on sale in Q1 2023.

What will be the Toyota bZ3 price?

The Toyota bZ3 will start at around CNY 189,800 (USD 27,158)

Which EVs will be Toyota bZ sedan rivals?

The Toyota EV sedan should compete with the Xpeng P5, Tesla Model 3, and the BYD Seal.

Featured Image Source: Toyota