At the Los Angeles Auto Show this year, Toyota emphasises electrification. The automaker debuts the bZ Compact SUV Concept in addition to the fifth-generation Prius lineup. For the growing lineup of electric vehicles from the brand, it envisions a more compact crossover.
The styling of the bZ Compact SUV Concept is heavily creased and sculpted. It has the new Toyota light signature up front, which is also on the new Prius. An illuminated strip spanning the nose and bracket-shaped lamps on each side are used in the styling. Along the lower edge, an aggressive front fascia angles outward.
The short overhangs are visible when viewing the vehicle in profile. Over the windshield and front doors, the roof has thin lines, but it gets thicker toward the back. The third brake light is part of a fin on the roof, which is an odd detail. Typically, we would anticipate this component to be a part of the hatchback.
The flanks have an acute crease. The handles on the front doors are flush with the body. The ones in the pillar are the ones in the back.
The back hatchback descends sharply into a point. The lower edge of it is surrounded by the taillights. The lower portion of the tail is occupied by a noticeable diffuser.
The bZ Compact SUV Concept’s interior is extremely simple. A large, octagonal steering wheel is in the driver’s hand. The instrument cluster protrudes from the dashboard, just like on the bZ4X and new Prius. The centre of the cabin houses the infotainment display, which has a few capacitive buttons at the bottom. The drive selector is a straightforward column of buttons located at the console’s bottom.
Yui is the name of the AI assistant in the car. The system responds to voice commands from the passengers with audio and visual cues that move throughout the cabin.
The bZ Compact SUV Concept is solely intended to display styling. Toyota doesn’t specify the type of engine it will use for this model.
Five vehicles will be produced under Toyota’s current plan for the bZ model family. The bZ4X is already available, while the bZ3 is currently only available in China. However, it reportedly won’t be arriving in Europe until later. Although it isn’t stated in the brand’s announcement of the bZ Compact SUV Concept whether a production model will be released, the styling is very similar to the other products in this sub-brand.