2023 Toyota bZ4X launched in Thailand – EV with 71.4 kWh battery, 411 km range, 218 PS, 337 Nm; fr RM235k

2023 Toyota bZ4X launched in Thailand – EV with 71.4 kWh battery, 411 km range, 218 PS, 337 Nm; fr RM235k

Thailand is the first ASEAN stop for the Toyota bZ4X, with the brand’s e-TNGA-based electric vehicle retailing for 1.836 million baht (RM235,242). The asking price factors in the local government’s financial incentives for EVs, which includes subsidies as well as lower customs duties.

In terms of specifications, the Thailand-spec bZ4X comes in a sole all-wheel drive variant that features a 71.4-kWh lithium-ion battery that provides a range of up to 411 km following the WLTP standard. The EV supports AC charging (Type 2 connection) at up to 6.6 kW as well as DC fast charging (CCS2 connection) at up to 150 kW, the latter allowing the battery to get from a 0-80% state of charge in just 30 minutes.

Power from the battery goes towards a pair of electric motors, with each one rated at 109 PS (107 hp or 80 kW) for a total system output of 218 PS (215 hp or 160 kW) and 337 Nm of torque. This setup enables a 0-100 km/h time of 6.9 seconds as well as access to an X-Mode for slippery situations. Toyota worked with Subaru to develop the e-TNGA platform, with the latter’s offering being the Solterra.

As for equipment, the bZ4X comes with LED exterior lighting, a panoramic roof, synthetic leather upholstery, an eight-way powered driver’s seat, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, keyless entry and start, a nine-speaker JBL sound system, dual-zone climate control, a wireless phone charger, T-Connect telematics and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Safety-wise, there’s eight airbags (dual front, centre front, sides and curtains) and the usual array of passive systems (ABS, EBD, hill start assist, traction control, VSC). Toyota’s Safety Sense 3.0 suite is also standard and includes dynamic radar cruise control, a blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, a panoramic view monitor, pre-collision safety (autonomous emergency braking), lane departure alert, lane keep assist, and assisted parking.

The bZ4X is offered in five two-tone colour schemes, all with a black roof, including Platinum White Pearl, Precious Silver, Precious Metal, Emotional Red and Dark Blue Mica. The only alternative to the two-tone options is the monotone Black. The interior scheme is black and light grey.

Each purchase comes with a five-year, 150,000-km vehicle warranty, an eight-year, 160,000-km battery warranty, free labour for periodic maintenance as well as five years roadside service. The EV can also be ordered via the Kinto subscription services, which covers maintenance, consumables, insurance and road tax, according to Headlightmag.

While Thailand has already welcome the bZ4X, we’ll have to wait for a little while as the EV is only slated to arrive in Malaysia next year to take advantage of the existing import tax, excise duty and road tax exemptions for CBU EVs. Given the pricing in Thailand, how much do you expect the bZ4X will be when it arrives here?

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Comments

  • seancorr on Nov 14, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Coming in under 200k tax free would be a huge boost for UMW Toyota. It will put it below the RAV4 in terms of price and spec

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    • RAV4 no longer offered here for quite some time already. So, it will fill in that void for UMW.

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    • Mike Tee on Nov 15, 2022 at 11:25 am

      6.6KW AC charging is criminal. 7.5kW is easily available with single phase and should be the bare minimum if not 11kW/22kW@3P.

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      • Looks like need to spend RM100k to install your own private Type 3 charger. LOL

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  • David on Nov 14, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    Beauty and Japanese quality.

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  • EV cars on Nov 14, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    bZ4x is made in CHINA by SAIC using Chinese tech. Plus do check out on Yotube about this EV. At RM245k. I will prefer to get the Mercedes A class sedan. Better Prestige and Easier to sell later.

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    • The bZ4X that are joint with FAW China is only for China market.
      While the bZ4X in Thailand and Indonesia are imported from Japan. Please get your facts right.
      Mercedes A class sedan is Proton Saga with a three pointed star. A Camry is 10times better.

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      • Darren on Nov 14, 2022 at 11:58 pm

        BZ4X is such a fail that even Japanese reject to buy them, preferring to lease instead.
        https://paultan.org/2022/02/24/toyota-bz4x-ev-will-not-be-sold-in-japan-only-offered-via-subscription-mass-production-to-begin-in-april/

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    • Kimmie on Nov 14, 2022 at 4:41 pm

      SAIC drivetrain and battery guarantee not long like the e-TNGA BZ4X.
      Benz A class is nice cheap car.

      https://paultan.org/2022/04/18/toyota-bz4x-ev-claimed-to-have-world-leading-battery-capacity-retention-of-90-after-10-years-of-usage/#:~:text=Of%20course%2C%20actual%20battery%20capacity,10%20years%20or%20200%2C000%20km%2C

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    • Bz4x is made in Toyota’s Aichi plant in Motomachi, only the Chinese versions sold locally there are made in FAW or GAC Toyota plant. Toyota has nothing to do with SAIC. Also the 71.8kW battery Thailand and Indonesia gets are from Panasonic not CATL, though having the CATL unit is not a bad thing since it powers Tesla, VW and Mercedes Benz too. Get your facts right.

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      • Li Peng on Nov 16, 2022 at 10:01 am

        Panasonic batteries are made at: No.177 Hai Ming Road, Dalian Free Trade Zone, Liaoning Province, China
        The battery is the most expensive part of an EV. Get your facts right.

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  • Bieight8 on Nov 14, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    The wheels will come off…

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  • i’m sorry but the steering is so hideous. The rest is perfectt

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  • Bangkok on Nov 14, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    The atto 3 is better not just the price but the drive and many else

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  • Fazenne on Nov 14, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Come Malaysia 250k minimum, if we’re lucky. I’ll hang onto my ICE cars for as long as I could

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  • Bangkok on Nov 15, 2022 at 8:19 am

    I dislike Chinese made but since I test drive the atto 3 which is from byd china my mindset change the handling beats everything within it’class and beyond yes including this bz4x d segment not the price but the drive,quality design clarity seat comfort space and many else I definitely will line up for one.

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