Lexus has fully introduced the RZ, its first production model based on the dedicated e-TNGA EV platform. The Lexus RZ is a cross-brother to the Toyota bZ4x and Subaru Solterra, but it comes with a different bodywork, more premium features and features, as well as a more powerful all-wheel drive powertrain.
Its aesthetics had already been known
We already had a good idea of the design of the Lexus RZ as Lexus had shown us many official photos in the previous months. While the proportions and stiff points resemble the Toyota and Subaru siblings, all of the Lexus’ body panels are new, giving it a more aerodynamic silhouette and sculpted look; in other words, it is an authentic and very advanced reform, which comes to position itself as one of the most striking vehicles of the moment.
This is most evident at the rear with the high-mounted full-width LEDs, the highly sloping rear windshield, the integrated duck tail spoiler, and the vents on the bumper or bumper. Having said that, the result is dimmed compared to last year’s LF-Z Electrified concept, mainly due to the smaller wheels and less elegant LED headlights. Another new design feature introduced by the RZ is the covered tapered grille whose shape is accentuated in the two-tone specification with the black bonnet.
More importantly, the RZ comes standard with dual electric motors that produce 201 horsepower (150 kW/204 PS) at the front and 107 (80 kW/109 PS) at the rear, for a combined 309 horsepower (230 kW/313 PS) and 435 Nm (321 lb-ft) of torque. The model is also the first to introduce Lexus’ new Direct4 all-wheel drive control. The electronic system can change the torque distribution to the front and rear power axles from 0 to 100 percent in a matter of milliseconds.
Power increases considerably compared to the 215 hp (160 kW/218 PS) and 309 Nm (228 lb-ft) of the Toyota and Subaru twin-engine crossovers, justifying Lexus’ premium positioning. As a result, the Lexus RZ accelerates from 0 to a hundred kilometers per hour in 5.6 seconds, or 5.3 seconds for the Chinese-spec model. However, as with most electric vehicles, the top speed is quite limited to 160 km/h or 99 mph.
According to Lexus’ own estimates, the 96-cell, 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery will offer a J-WLTC range of about 450 kilometers (280 miles), and Lexus Europe mentions a WLTP range of more than 400 kilometers (249 miles). and energy consumption below 18 kilowatts at 100 km. This is less impressive than the confirmed 470 km (292 mi) WLTP range of the EU-spec Toyota bZ4x, which is predictable due to the increased power and better performance offered by the Lexus. It is also very similar to the Genesis GV60 which is considered one of the main rivals.
Your inner qualities
Inside, the evolution of the “Lexus Tazuna” digital cockpit comes with a compact instrument cluster and a large 14-inch touchscreen for infotainment in the sloping center console. The optional “One-Motion Grip” yoke-style steering wheel is made possible by wired steering technology, but we’re sure many buyers will settle for the less futuristic but more familiar standard round-shaped steering wheel.
The cabin has premium materials and features ambient lighting with elegant patterns on the door panels, a radiant heating system for the driver and front passenger, and a panoramic sunroof with optional automatic dimming that contributes to energy savings.
Safety takes on importance
The safety equipment includes the Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 suite with sophisticated ADAS that includes the pre-collision system and dynamic radar cruise control that receives information from the optional driver monitoring system. In Europe, the RZ will also get Proactive Driving Assist, which adjusts steering based on a front-mounted camera that reads the angle of upcoming corners. Finally, the electronic door release system e-Latch will not allow passengers to exit if a vehicle or cyclist approaches.
The Lexus RZ450e is now available for online booking. The price hasn’t been announced yet, but we’re sure it will cost more than the highest specification of the less powerful and more conventional twin-engine Toyota bZ4x Limited, which sells for $48,780 in the United States.