Is a Toyota bZ4X performance model coming soon?


The Toyota bZ4X is Toyota’s new flagship electric SUV. It will lead Toyota into the electric future. The bZ4X is practical and affordable, but its design and speed aren’t very exciting. Many manufacturers offer performance versions of their electric SUVs. Is a Toyota bZ4X performance model coming?

Does Toyota make a bZ4X performance model?

The 2023 Toyota bZ4X | Toyota

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The Toyota bZ4X is finally here. The bZ4X was long awaited by fans of the Japanese automaker due to the impact of Toyota SUVs in recent years. Toyota SUVs are known for being reliable and offering excellent value for money.

Toyota has a rare opportunity with the bZ4X. Since the automaker currently produces the most popular compact SUV, it also has the potential to produce the most popular compact electric SUV. So far bZ4X reviews have been mixed but overall positive.

Predictably, Toyota has delivered a practical electric SUV that isn’t as fast as its rivals. It also doesn’t have as much battery life as many of its competitors. The bZ4X is the people’s electric SUV (once the country’s charging infrastructure is in better shape).

According to Motor1, Toyota plans to develop a GR bZ4X. A GR bZ4X would be much faster than the bZ4X and sleeker too. It might add the flair that the nameplate is missing. So a GR bZ4X performance model hasn’t been confirmed, but the bZ4X’s chief engineer says it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

Does the industry need a GR bZ4X?

A gray 2023 Toyota bZ4X is charging.

The 2023 Toyota bZ4X | Toyota

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A successful bZ4X would certainly make the nameplate more appealing to consumers. Critics and experts are already hinting that the electric SUV is boring. A GR bZ4X would certainly shake things up.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is available in a GT performance trim. The Mach-E GT develops 480 horsepower. The Kia EV6 is available in GT-Line trim. It has a maximum power of 320 horsepower.

If Toyota is not strongly considering developing a GR bZ4X, it would have to compete with other automakers. If the bZ4X doesn’t have a performance option, it could easily be overshadowed by faster, sleeker rivals.

Should you buy a 2023 Toyota bZ4X?

The back of a gray 2023 Toyota bZ4X electric SUV.

The 2023 Toyota bZ4X | Toyota

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The 2023 Toyota bZ4X starts at $42,000. It has 222 miles of range. The electric SUV develops 201 horsepower. That’s only two horsepower less than the Toyota RAV4’s power output.

The bZ4X is available in two different trim levels: the XLE and the Limited. The bZ4X Limited starts at $46,700. Car and Driver praises its acceleration and interior. The motoring publication finds that its range is not enough for many drivers. Car and Driver also criticizes the all-wheel-drive supplement of the bZ4X.

Ultimately, the bZ4X is a decent electric SUV while it qualifies for the $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit. Once it loses eligibility, it may not provide enough value to justify its cost for many drivers.

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