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Toyota unveiled its all-new bZ4X electric SUV at the L.A. Auto show this week. Toyota unveiled its all-new bZ4X electric SUV at the L.A. Auto show this week. Photo courtesy of Toyota

Toyota is displaying an array of its latest vehicles at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, including the all-electric bZ4X SUV and new 2022 RAV4 SE Hybrid grade. Additionally, the 2022 NASCAR Toyota Tundra TRD Pro makes its first auto show appearance, along with three customized SEMA builds, including the TRD Desert Chase Tundra, Tacozilla and GR Supra Sport Top. The event began Nov. 19 and runs through Nov. 28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Toyota is displaying some of its newest vehicles in Los Angeles, including:

  • bZ4X: Toyota brings this new all-electric SUV to the City of Angels, which represents the first of a global series of battery-electric vehicles under Toyota’s “beyond Zero” brand umbrella. The bZ4X is built on the new e-TNGA BEV-dedicated platform and offers a new AWD system that provides impressive driving performance both on- and off-road with a manufacturer-estimated range of up to 250 miles per charge for XLE front-wheel drive models. The sleek SUV offers hi-tech and emotional design inside and out and is loaded with intuitive tech features. The bZ4X is projected to go on sale in Spring 2022 — more information can be found in the full press release.
  • 2022 RAV4 SE Hybrid: Celebrating 25 years of this groundbreaking model, Toyota is showcasing the new RAV4 SE Hybrid grade designed for customers looking for sporty performance and sporty style but at a lower MSRP compared to the XSE. The new SE Hybrid grade for RAV4 includes mono-tone paint, fabric trimmed seats and a 7-inch touchscreen with six speakers. Available options for the SE Hybrid grade include the weather package, a commuter’s dream, offering a heated leather steering wheel, heated front seats and rain-sensing windshield wipers with a deicer function. The convenience package includes a moonroof, height adjustable power liftgate and, not to mention, Audio Plus that upgrades to a 9-inch touchscreen is also available. The RAV4 is also getting enticing exterior and interior updates across all grades when it goes on sale next month.

Toyota is also showcasing three concept vehicles celebrating heritage, performance and a go-anywhere brand promise:

  • TRD Desert Chase Tundra: Intended as an off-road racing chase support vehicle, the TRD Desert Chase Tundra is all about off-pavement readiness. The Toyota Motorsports Garage team transformed the all-new 2022 Tundra TRD Pro and fitted it with a TRD-designed, long-travel suspension that uses the OEM mounting points and a wide-body kit. In the bed are chase team essentials like a custom-made roll bar with two roll bar-mounted spare tires, a custom-mounted off-road jack and other recovery equipment to the hilt.
  • Tacozilla: Tacozilla is a backwoods overlanding-ready “micro-house” rig that pays tribute to Toyota campers from the ’70s and ’80s. Tacozilla has a custom-fabricated frame and an aluminum exterior with smooth, rounded surfaces, and it features a unique pass-through opening between the cabin and the camper structure. Inside, it has a fully insulated interior, teak sauna-style flooring, a full bathroom with hot-water shower, a kitchen with a stove and sink and a 3D-printed dining table that converts to a backlit piece of wall art.
  • GR Supra Sport Top: Conceptualizing an open-air tribute to removable-top Supra models of the past, the team put much thought into the unprecedented task of removing the roof and a significant part of the GR Supra’s structure. The now iconic removeable roof includes two composite panels that can be stored in the car’s trunk. Unlike a “T-Top” car, there is no center bar down the middle, just open air as far as the eye can see.

Also making its auto show debut, Tundra enthusiasts can get a look at the 2022 NASCAR Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. Toyota’s commitment to race vehicles that closely resemble production vehicles continues with this all-new Tundra TRD Pro for the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Toyota will debut the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro beginning at Daytona International Speedway in February.

— Press release courtesy of Toyota

Matt M. Myftiu

Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

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