Toyota bZ4X sighted in Malaysia – EV crossover with 71.4 kWh battery and up to 500 km range coming soon

Toyota bZ4X sighted in Malaysia – EV crossover with 71.4 kWh battery and up to 500 km range coming soon

Last December, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) revealed during a media event that the Toyota bZ4X would be launched in Malaysia in 2023. At the time, company did not reveal when the all-electric crossover would go on sale here, but it appears a formal introduction could take place soon, as two units of the electric vehicle (EV) were recently sighted at UMWT’s headquarters in Shah Alam.

The bZ4X features a 71.4-kWh lithium-ion battery and can be had with either a single- or dual-motor configuration. The cars pictured here have the former and pack 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 266 Nm of torque as well as range of up to 500 km following the WLTP standard.

This powertrain is the same one that goes into the Indonesian-spec bZ4X that was launched last November with an asking price of 1.19 billion rupiah (RM334,209). Meanwhile, Thailand gets the all-wheel drive variant with a total system output of 218 PS (215 hp or 160 kW) and 337 Nm of torque, a lower range of 411 km and a price tag of 1.836 million baht (RM236,782).

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.

Finalised pricing for Malaysia isn’t available just yet, but the bZ4X will likely benefit from the current exemption of import and excise duties for EVs until December 31, 2024. Should you need more foreign prices to help with the guesswork, the bZ4X in the United Kingdom starts from 45,710 British pounds (RM238,962), while in Japan, it is from six million yen (RM196,685).

It should also be noted that these two units may not be representative of what we will get and may have been brought in for evaluation purposes. The kit list based on what we can see includes LED exterior lighting, 20-inch wheels, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, a wireless phone charger, synthetic leather upholstery, a powered driver’s seat and tailgate and Toyota Safety Sense active systems.

Are you excited for the launch of the bZ4X? How much do you think it will be priced at?

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Bieight on Jan 06, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    Will the wheels still fall off??

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    • Jemoohi Khan on Jan 06, 2023 at 7:10 pm

      Those wheels issue recalled.

      Later, the BZ4X achieved no.1 sales @ Ireland, November 2022.

      “Toyota (+5.8%) swims upstream to shoot up to 26% share”
      “Model-wise, we have a surprise atop the charts: the new Toyota bZ4X reappears directly in pole position with 12.4% share! “

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  • anonymous on Jan 06, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    i think at the end of the day it comes down to pricing and packaging. and lately toyota has been a hit or miss with their pricing along with their packaging (new Corolla Cross with the foot brake is such a bummer).

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  • Rich Man in Malaysia on Jan 06, 2023 at 6:38 pm

    Why so cheap in other countries? Please intro minimum price of 1 million in Malaysia. Rich guy like me can buy anyhow…. Come2… i throw money

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    • Ex-B40 Flat Dweller on Jan 06, 2023 at 7:42 pm

      Agree much. with the current PH Gomen in the driving seat, 30juta rakyat has gained back our confidence in the govt & local ekonomi. Gogo Harimau Malaya

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  • huionn on Jan 06, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    Ireland total car sale in November 2022 is only 982.

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  • Ex-Toyota fanboy on Jan 08, 2023 at 9:24 am

    By how it was done with Prius CBU, this model will suffer the same thing.
    1) UMW will inflate profit margin like they’re selling a Lexus, estimate >100% over the FOB cost even though it’s duty free. (Guesstimate 50% higher than Ioniq 5 price, like Prius was 50% more expensive than Insight)
    2) The warranty will be an issue & repair will be a nightmare few years later.
    3) There will be recalls UMW won’t honour or follow.
    4) There will be overpriced spareparts issue.
    5) Once this model or its successor is discontinued to be imported/CKD in lieu of the duty incentives, the resale will suffer.
    6) If parallel imports can be available, any Toyota model over RM200k mark will have better features than UMW retail.

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  • Bangkok on Jan 10, 2023 at 6:46 am

    The 2nd gen chr soon to release in Thailand if ev then Toyota will have another big boom sale there because people like the size just see how sucessfull the current one is

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  • look at the aircon vent at the back, and tell me it is a car made in 2022

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