Toyota commits to 70 electrified products by 2025; here's what's coming
Today Toyota committed to expand their company portfolio by around 70 models globally by 2025. That's just four years from now. The company has said that of those 70-ish, 15 will be new battery electric vehicles and seven will be Toyota bZ models.
They're not just talking about cars and SUVs. Toyota also says that it's bringing electrification to its truck lineup including hybrid and BEV powertrains.
So, what exactly is coming? A little sleuthing and some educated guessing tells the story. It's important to note that all the information below is of a speculative nature as Toyota, like every other automaker, is not in the habit of commenting on future product. It's also important to remember that just because a product name has made the list, that doesn't necessarily mean it will for-sure come to market.
A trademark application for "RZ450e" has already been filed. It would follow in line with Toyota company nomenclature if an all-electric version of the Lexus RX 450h became the Lexus RZ450e (or Lexus RZ 450e). The RX450h name is already used on the hybrid version of the popular Lexus SUV (sold also as the RX 350).
If they're committed to using "X" to denote all-wheel drive-capable SUVs, then it stands to reason that the Toyota bZ5 will be an electric car. When it comes to guessing size, look to the fact that other automakers (BMW, Mercedes, etc.) use "5" to denote a midsize sedan. This could possibly be an all-electric version of the Camry.
However, it's also a possibility that the bZ5 could be an all-electric version of the Toyota Avalon given how the current lineup sits and figuring that "5" is as high as Toyota has worked to trademark.
If the Toyota bZ4X is a compact SUV, perhaps the bZ3X is a subcompact, a little larger than the Toyota C-HR. This would fit with the nomenclature used in the scenario played out by the Toyota BZ5 hypothesis and fit into other brands' (Audi, BMW, etc.) naming schemes.
If the Toyota bZ3X is a smaller SUV than the bZ4X, then the bZ5X must be larger. Perhaps this model is a midsize SUV with a third row of seating that's comparable to what is currently in the Highlander. It could also be the name given to the all-electric version of the Highlander.
Toyota GR 010
Lexus TX350 & Lexus TX500h
The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept was so loved by the press and public, word was that Toyota wanted to put it into production as soon as possible. It's likely that the TX350 and TX500h are three-row crossover versions of that concept. The naming structure would fit with the current UX, NX, and RX nomenclature while the TX500h is a nod to a higher-performance model with a larger engine than the RX 450h's that is also a hybrid.
Toyota bZ4, Toyota bZ3, Toyota bZ2, Toyota bZ1
If the Toyota bZ5 is an all-electric car about the size of the Camry or Avalon, it would make sense that the Toyota bZ4 and bZ3 are smaller all-electric cars. It would then follow that the bZ2 and bZ1 would be even smaller. From largest to smallest, the current Toyota lineup includes Avalon, Camry, and Corolla. Yaris is sold elsewhere in the world but a car that size could make a comeback as one of the bZ2 or bZ1 models.
Toyota bZ2X & Toyota bZ1X
With the bZ4X being about the size of the RV4, it stands to reason that the bZ2X may be about the size of the current Toyota C-HR. There's also a possibility that either the bZ2X or bZ1X could be an electric version of the Toyota Corolla Cross, a model that has been said to be likely to come to the U.S.
Remember, Toyota still owes us the identity of the product they'll be co-producing with Mazda at the plant in Alabama.
There's a lot of people expecting Toyota to release a rugged small SUV in the spirit of the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Some expect it to be able to go head-to-head with the Jeep Wrangler while others just hope for something more rugged than the Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road. Only time will tell.
Toyota Grand Highlander
There's a Jeep Wagoneer and a Grand Wagoneer. Could there be a Toyota Highlander and a Toyota Grand Highlander? With the Toyota Land Cruiser leaving the company's U.S. lineup, there's a hole up top that a fancy version of the Highlander could fill. Fancier and more rugged? That could be a win-win.
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