Toyota bZ3, the one that wants to kill the Tesla Model 3

Leaked images of the production Toyota bZ3 have surfaced online. It is a 100% electric sedan that will join the bZ4X in the Japanese manufacturer’s family of electric vehicles.

The bZ3 was previewed last year through the Toyota bZ SDN concept. These images from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology reveal that the production model is almost identical to the concept. There are obvious design similarities with the bZ4X: at the front in particular where the headlights are similar and very recognizable thanks to a very pronounced LED light bar. These images show that the bZ3 also has fairly large side windows, which provide plenty of light to the cabin and make it visually more spacious.

This family sedan is quite unique compared to other Toyota models, thanks in particular to the steeply sloping windshield and the fairly short trunk. Just like the front, the rear of the electric sedan resembles that of the bZ4X but also reminds us of the tunes of the Mirai, the Japanese brand’s hydrogen sedan. It is above all the shape of the taillights and the light bar that gives this impression.

Official presentation in 2023?

Official images of the car’s interior haven’t surfaced online, but our colleagues at Drive note that the cabin is expected to feature a portrait-oriented infotainment screen and a similar steering wheel. to that found on the bZ4X. The block of digital instruments will also be present behind the steering wheel. It remains to be seen whether the optional steering wheel of the bZ4X will also be offered for the bZ3.

The vehicle is based on Toyota’s e-TNGA architecture and it is understood that this bZ3 will be offered exclusively in a rear-wheel-drive version, with either a 181 horsepower or 240 horsepower electric motor. The sedan’s lithium batteries will be developed and tuned by BYD. Although it is not yet known in which markets the bZ3 will be available, it is expected to be unveiled to the world at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November. On the other hand, one thing is certain, it will come to encroach on the sales of the Tesla Model 3 which will not appreciate. The battle will be fierce.

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