Toyota’s first electric sedan built by BYD is nearing its launch as patent images have now leaked on the internet. Previously the heavily camouflaged test mules were spotted testing in China on multiple occasions.
In 2021, Toyota unveiled a concept called as bZ SDN, however according to the latest information the sedan in its production guise will officially be called as bZ5. It will become a part of the Toyota’s bZ series of electric cars that currently comprises of only one car– the bZ4X SUV. Worth mentioning is that the bZ4X isn’t connected to BYD since it was jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru.
Patent images of BYD-built Toyota bZ5 sedan
The patent images show us that the bZ5 sedan will stay very much true to the original bZ SDN concept. In terms of dimensions, the bZ5 electric sedan will measure 4,725mm long, 1,835mm wide and 1,475mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,880mm. To understand these dimensions better, the latest 12th gen Toyota Corolla measures 4,630mm long, 1,780mm wide and 1,455mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,700mm. This makes the bZ5 electric sedan much larger than the new Corolla in every aspect.
The patent images present only Toyota’s version for the electric sedan. It is very likely that BYD will also badge-engineer this vehicle, however the move is not officially confirmed at this stage. According to information, the development process is still far from finished, without rear-view mirrors or door handles shown in the pictures. BYD hasn’t released any technical information about Toyota’s EV sedan at this stage, so its unclear about the battery capacity, the motor as well as the driving range.
The bZ5 sedan might get benefit from BYD’s Blade LFP battery pack with a setup that’s similar to the one deployed in BYD Han EV. The bZ5 EV will likely break covers in China likely towards the end of this year.
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