The bZ4X debuts striking new design elements. Based around an SUV shape, it incorporates a new ‘hammerhead’ front end signature which features slim headlights and an upright, chunky stance. Wheel arch mouldings give it a more go-anywhere feel, while at the rear of the car there’s a futuristic full-width light bar.

Inside, the cabin has been designed to simulate a living room and, as a result, is fitted with soft, woven trim textures. The main instrument panel is set down low to increase the feeling of space, while the main instruments are positioned above the steering wheel to ensure that it’s close to the driver’s eyeline.

As well as a good level of legroom, the bZ4X offers a boot with 452 litres of space.

In terms of powertrains, things kick off with a front-wheel-drive model with a single motor producing 201bhp and 265Nm of torque, equating to a 0-60mph time of 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 100mph. There’s also an all-wheel-drive version with 215bhp and 336Nm of torque. With more power, it offers a 0-60mph time of 7.7 seconds.

When it comes to range, Toyota claims that the bZ4X will return up to 280 miles, courtesy of a 71.4kW battery. It can be charged at speeds of up to 150kW, too, resulting in an 80 per cent charge taking 30 minutes.

Predicted to go on sale in summer next year, prices and specs for the new bZ4X should be announced shortly.