Toyota’s latest electric vehicle concepts include small SUVs and high-riding sedans
- Toyota has showcased two new electric vehicle concepts for the European market.
- The first is a small SUV concept that is likely too small to be released in the United States
- The second looks a bit like a lifted Crown sedan, with an interesting shape that combines sedans, hatchbacks and SUVs.
Toyota’s electric vehicle lineup still only includes one model in the United States, the bZ4X, but the company likes to remind us that it’s hard at work expanding the bZ range in the near future. The latest concept cars are destined for the European market, but the Urban SUV and Sport Crossover concepts seen here could influence what future electric cars we could get in the U.S.
The chunky-looking Urban SUV concept, measuring just 169.3 inches long, is likely too small to come to the U.S. in this form. It’s smaller than the Corolla Cross, which is the smallest crossover Toyota currently sells on our shores. But it is said to go into production in the European market soon, with two battery options and either front or all-wheel drive. The name hasn’t been revealed yet, but we’re betting on the bZ2X given its size. Instead of this model, in America we’ll likely get the similar-looking but slightly larger bZ3X previewed by last year’s concept.
The second model, called the Sport Crossover, has a more interesting shape, occupying the white space between sedans, hatchbacks, and SUVs. With a long wheelbase, sweeping rear end, and relatively low roof, it’s somewhat reminiscent of a high-riding Crown sedan. The concept was first shown in China earlier this year and is part of a joint venture between Toyota and Chinese automaker BYD. Since Toyota already sells a smaller sedan called the bZ3 in China, it’s possible that this model will be called the bZ5, but it remains to be seen whether Toyota will bring it stateside.
Look for more information to come over the next year or so about Toyota’s upcoming electric vehicles, as the company says it plans to launch six battery-electric models specifically for Europe by 2026. Corresponding US electric vehicle launches will likely follow a schedule Chronologically slower than that, but we’re curious to see more of what’s to come.
Despite growing up on a steady diet of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or perhaps because of it—Joey Caparella had an obsession with the automobile industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to start his first professional auto writing gig at Rice University. Car magazine. It was part of Car and driver Team since 2016 and now lives in New York City.