Toyota is one of the few automakers which does not have a mass market battery electric vehicle on sale today. Soon, that will all change. The Japanese automaker has recently revealed two new battery electric vehicles at the 2019 Auto Shanghai and is set to go on sale by 2020.
Called the C-HR EV and the IZOA, both models are based on the standard CH-R Crossovers. In fact, one can still easily recognize both models as C-HR thanks to its funky styling. However, there are some differences to the gasoline-powered model. For starters, there is a closed-off, nose section typical in pure EVs. The headlights are no longer connected to the emblem by a black trim piece as well. The bumper now features vertical elements to give the C-HR EV and IZOA a new face. ‘Electric’ badging all around and new two-tone wheels complete the exterior makeover.
Inside, the cabin has been simply carried over from the standard C-HR. As expected, the EV model does get a new fully digital instrument cluster which features EV-related info and graphics. The traditional gear selector has also been replaced by new lever-style unit.
Comparing the C-HR EV and IZOA, it is easy to confuse the two from each other as both models have only subtle design changes. The reason as to why there are two of them is because each car is for a different local joint venture. In this case, one is for GAC-Toyota and the other is for FAW-Toyota.
For now, Toyota has yet to reveal details of the C-HR EV and IZOA’s powertrain. But from the promotional video, we can see that the battery pack will be mounted on the floor. The electric motor will be positioned in front, where the internal combustion engine would sit in a standard C-HR. Expect full details to be revealed in the near future.
The all-electric C-HR will first be sold in China, starting in 2020. There is no word whether the C-HR EV and IZOA EV will be exclusive to the Chinese market or will be sold elsewhere in the world.
Toyota plans to introduce more than ten electric models globally starting in the first half of 2020. The brand hopes to sell more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles globally by 2030.