• Toyota this week announced the first details and prices of the Toyota bZ4x.

    Toyota’s first purpose-designed battery electric vehicle (BEV) will be offered in three equipment grades plus a special, high-specification Premiere Edition version.

    The Pure grade is the entry point to the line-up, with features including 18-inch alloy wheels, multimedia system with eight-inch display, seven-inch digital combimeter, reversing camera, smart entry and start and a climate control system with remote operation. The bZ4X Pure will be offered exclusively with front-wheel drive.

    The bZ4X Motion introduces a rear spoiler, rear privacy glass, power back door, parking sensors and an entry illumination sequence. The cabin has heated front seats – the driver’s seat with eight-way power adjustment – an ambient lighting system and a wireless charging tray is provided. Customers can choose the bZ4X Motion with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with Toyota’s new electric X-MODE system.

    To mark the introduction of bZ4X in the UK, a special Premiere Edition model has been prepared. This provides all the features of the Vision grade together with a nine-speaker JBL premium sound system and the Skyview panoramic roof. Available exclusively through Toyota’s online retail service, it comes as standard with X-MODE all-wheel drive.

    Prices for the Toyota bZ4x start at £41,950 for the Pure model and go up to £51,550 for the Premiere Edition. Order books are set to open next year.
  • Another brand introducing their first all-electric car is CUPRA, who announced pricing and specs for CUPRA Born this week.

    As well as being the brand’s first all-electric car, the Born is the second model available exclusively as a CUPRA, following the launch of the Formentor coupe SUV in 2020. It has already been announced that it will be joined in 2024 by the electric SUV, Tavascan, and in 2025 by the small urban electric car, the concept was named UrbanRebel.

    Born 58kWh 204PS offers an estimated range of 263 miles (WLTP), and accelerates 0-31mph in just 2.9 seconds courtesy of a maximum 310Nm of instantaneous torque. The sprint to 62mph is delivered in just 7.3 seconds.

    With an advanced powertrain and extensive standard equipment list, CUPRA Born will be available in four battery outputs and three trims. The 58kWh 204PS model will be the first to be available from retailers and delivered to UK customers, with additional batteries following soon thereafter during 2022.