Toyota announced this month that it would preview a brand-new mid-sized battery-electric SUV based on the e-TNGA platform in the following months for the European market. The e-TNGA platform has a basic architecture principle where a number of main elements are fixed while others can be varied such as the wheelbase, length, width and height. Besides, the layout (AWD, FWD or RWD) and the capacities of the motor and battery can be varied to suit user demands. The vehicle would ride on the e-TNGA.
Toyota says its electric SUV is fully developed and is getting ready for production at its zero emissions vehicle factory in Japan. It did not provide additional details, but the lone teaser released shows a low slung crossover with tight overhangs and sharp design features. One can expect the space and comfort levels of a RAV4 on the upcoming electric car.
TopElectricSUV has observed Toyota applying trademarks for the ‘BZ’ series of vehicles which could be the condensed form of ‘Beyond Zero’ branding dedicated to its electric car series. Toyota may apply the alphanumeric branding with an ‘X’ for crossovers, while the hatch, sedan or MPV names could end with the number connoting their place in the ladder. The first vehicle could have the name Toyota BZ3X, with at least one larger and two smaller electric crossovers to follow by mid-decade.
In June 2019, Toyota announced its plan for electrification, revealing two strategies: one aimed at the ultra compact (twin seater) EV market and the second aimed at global deployment. The ultra compact EVs are intended primarily for the Japanese market, however, with the latter, we will see mass-market Toyota electric cars in the United States, Europe and China, which the company sees as high demand markets.
A total of 6 Toyota EVs are planned for global deployment in the early 2020s, however three of them are of the SUV/crossover bodystyle. The plan includes a large SUV (Tesla Model X rival), a medium crossover and a medium SUV. The medium SUV will be jointly developed with Subaru. The Subaru electric car from this combine could emerge as the Subaru Evoltis next year.
Toyota has spoken about its modular e-TNGA platform, and how it can be varied to accommodate different body styles and shapes. In the e-TNGA “the position of the front and rear electric motors, the layout under the hood, the driver position relative to the front wheels, the width of the battery are fixed, while the wheelbase, number of batteries installed, overhangs, and other elements can be changed,” Toyota said.
All three SUV models would be based on the e-TNGA, given their appeal and the necessary compliance to American and European standards. Where the medium crossover and SUV would be 5-seat Toyota electric cars, the large SUV could be a 7-seat model.
Further, the e-TNGA platform can fit batteries ranging from 50 kWh to 100 kWh with range possibilities from 300 km to 600 km, with modular options for front wheel drive, rear wheel drive or all wheel drive. Each axle can handle an electric motor with outputs from 80 kW to 150 kW, which means the most powerful Toyota electric car on the e-TNGA would have 300 kW to maximum power.
Currently, Toyota sells the C-HR EV in China (GAC Toyota), while the other JV (FAW Toyota) sells the same EV as the Toyota Izoa. Group brand Lexus sells the UX300e, which is based on the GA-C platform (a modification of the TNGA). Lexus has confirmed that it would sell the UX300e in Japan and Europe, whereas the C-HR Electric is unlikely to be sold outside the Chinese borders.
In the lower end of the price range, a compact Toyota electric vehicle will be developed with Suzuki and Daihatsu for the emerging markets like South East Asia.