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The SUV concept features familiar bZ styling, but the interior is a drastic departure from Toyota’s design norms.

Toyota has hosted a second eco car reveal in as many days, with the bZ small SUV concept electric car following yesterday’s reveal of the new Prius plug-in hybrid.

The bZ small SUV revealed today is a concept continuing Toyota’s bZ electric car series, with the Toyota bZ4X already on sale in some markets and the China-only bZ3 having been revealed in October.

As a concept, specific details of the bZ’s power and range aren’t confirmed, although it’s expected to be a preview of a model that will become a production reality and form part of Toyota’s bZ line-up.

Its exterior design follows in the vein of previously revealed bZ models, with Toyota’s new headlight design, for example, (as seen most recently on the bZ3 and new Prius) featuring on the small SUV concept.

Inside however, a yoke steering wheel, pair of slim display screens for the instrument cluster and multimedia, and a very minimalistic centre console are a big step from Toyota’s usually more conservative interior.

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On the sustainability front, Toyota says the concept’s seats are made from plant-based and recycled materials.

Toyota North America vice president and general manager David Christ says the bZ is a preview of what’s to come from the brand’s electric car future, but didn’t specify any details for the bZ small SUV.

“We’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of the Beyond Zero moniker,” said Mr Christ. 

“With an aerodynamic design coupled with intuitive tech features never before seen in a Toyota model, the bZ Concept showcases another possible vision of the very near future with our battery electric vehicles.”

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