‘Beyond Zero’ or bZ series is the name of Toyota's electric vehicle family. Toyota announced the addition of fifteen EVs to its global lineup, the bZ family will host seven of those fifteen EVs.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China has released the first images of bZ3. Toyota bZ3 electric sedan is based on the bZ SDN concept that debuted last year. The vehicle in the images appears to be production ready and is very similar to the bZ SDN concept.
While the bZ4X was developed in collaboration with Subaru and received its battery from GAC, the bZ3 electric sedan was developed in collaboration with BYD. Toyota bZ3 electric sedan can be thought of as an electric version of the company's Corolla sedan, much like the RAV4 was to the bZ4X. The headlights and LED light bars on the bZ3 are like those on the bZ4X.
bZ3 gets an interesting window line rising near its C-pillar on the side. It doesn't have the same slick appearance as a German sedan. The bZ3 also borrows the side profile heavily from Toyota's Hydrogen-powered Mirai. Flush door handles and aerodynamic wheels, both of which contribute to a low drag coefficient, are present.
Toyota bZ3 electric sedan's taillights are a wide LED bar that runs across the width and ends in a Y pattern at both ends. Some images also show a decent white and black dual-tone paint scheme. For the time being, bZ3 is only available in China, and it is unknown which markets will receive it outside of China.
Toyota built the bZ3 electric sedan on the e-TNGA platform. BYD and their subsidiary Fudi Industrial source Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries for this vehicle. This company was the first to develop blade-style cells for BYD products.
The interiors, like the battery, are currently unknown. They will reveal more information on the official unveiling of the bZ3 at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November.