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The "bZ4" based on the new generation of Prius unveiled? Toyota announced the third teaser image of the bZ series

table of contents
●China releases the second bZ series "bZ3"
●With the release of bZ3, the new teaser image of the bZ series will be released
●While not a new generation Prius, it is very likely to be relevant
●A new generation of BEV sedan "bZ4" based on Prius?

China released the second bZ series "bZ3"


Toyota bZ3

On October 24, 2022, Toyota released a new series of battery electric vehicles "bZ series", the second model "bZ3" after bZ4X.

The bZ3 is a battery electric car jointly developed by the original Toyota factory and BTET (BYD TOYOTA EV TECHNOLOGY), a joint venture established by BYD, China's largest electric vehicle manufacturer, and FAW Toyota. FAW Toyota is expected to be responsible for both production and sales.

The battery electric vehicle "bZ4X", the first SUV model of the bZ series, will be released on October 29, 2021, and will go on sale on May 12, 2022.

Toyota announced that as part of the comprehensive development of electric vehicles, it is promoting a plan to introduce 15 electric vehicles by 2025, of which 7 are bZ series, and the remaining 5 models will be launched in the next three years.

With the release of bZ3, a new teaser image for the bZ series is revealed


Toyota bZ series (vehicle under development)

At the same time that Toyota announced the bZ3, it also released a new teaser image of the bZ series that is currently under development.

The car body in the picture is particularly darkened, so it is not clear what the model in the preview picture is, and its outline looks like a Fastback-style 5-door sedan.

The rear door and trunk space seem to be longer than that of bZ3, and it may be a Fastback sedan with a class distance one step larger than that of bZ3.

In the picture, there is a spoiler protruding from both ends installed on the bZ4X at the rear of the roof, and the rear of the car is designed with a slightly raised duck tail, bringing out a sense of sportiness.

Although the bZ series has already released a number of concept cars, there is no model that matches the model in the preview and has not yet been commercialized. Therefore, it is speculated that it is a new model that has not yet been released as a concept car.

Not a new generation Prius, but most likely relevant


Next-gen Toyota Prius spy shots, teaser comparison

As mentioned earlier, there are currently no "Fastback-style 5-door sedan", "sporty atmosphere" and "under development" bZ series concept cars, but the new generation of Prius captured on September 20, 2022 has the same characteristics.

Expected to be released on January 10, 2023, the new-generation Prius features "love at first sight design and captivating driving performance". The car has a wedge-shaped body design with a reduced overall height and sports car.

While it's possible to draw a correlation between the vehicle in the teaser image and the next-generation Prius, comparing the two cars side by side reveals that they're only similar in size.

From this, it can be inferred that the vehicle in the preview picture is a brother car of the new generation Prius gasoline-electric hybrid model.

A new generation of BEV sedan "bZ4" based on Prius?


Source: euipo.europa.eu

Previously, Toyota applied for trademarks related to the bZ series in Europe. The trademarks that may become the name of the bZ series are "BZ4X", "BZ1", "BZ3", "BZ1X", "BZ4", "BZ2X", "BZ2", " There are 10 types of BZ3X", "BZ5X", and "BZ5".

bZ4X and bZ3 have been launched, and the names of the 5 models to be launched in the future may be selected from the remaining 8 trademarks.

The rear seat of the vehicle in the preview picture is larger than that of bZ3. It is guessed that "bZ4" will be used as the name of a sedan that is one step larger than bZ3.


Original source:New Prius-based "bZ4" debut?Toyota releases third teaser image of bZ series
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