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2023 Lexus RZ 450e: a first electric SUV for Lexus.


2023 Lexus RZ 450e: a first electric SUV for Lexus.. 2023 Lexus RZ 450e: a first electric SUV for Lexus. Lexus unveils its first 100% electric vehicle destined for most of the world’s major markets. Called the RZ 450e, it will go on sale in Canada in late 2022 as a 2023 model. Pricing and equipment details will be announced by then.

Recall that the luxury brand of Toyota has set itself the objective of selling only electric vehicles in North America, Europe and China by 2030, then throughout the world by 2035.

Chief Engineer Takashi Watanabe describes the RZ 450e as «a unique Lexus-style electric vehicle that feels safe, feels great to touch and delivers an exhilarating driving experience.»

New visual identity.

Built on the same e-TNGA platform as the 2023 Toyota bZ4X , this electric SUV from Lexus is slightly longer (but with an identical wheelbase of 2.85 meters), wider and taller. Lexus’ famous hourglass grille is echoed here in shape, but the entire front is closed off for aerodynamics.

Contrasting trim is also applied to the vehicle, especially on the sides, and the roof incorporates a panoramic glass surface with variable opacity in addition to giving the impression of floating at the rear thanks to the black finish of the pillars. See how it ends in two small spikes, while the spoiler sits more in the middle of the tailgate, just above the thin light strip of the taillights stretching the full width and wrapping around the corners.

Five body colors will be available and the exterior can be dressed in two tones including the upper parts in black.

State-of-the-art interior.

The interior of the Lexus RZ 450e relies on an airy and more refined decor than that of the bZ4X, with controls oriented towards the driver. Space abounds, the seats are upholstered in two materials including Ultrasuede (composed of 30% sustainable fibers) and passenger comfort is enhanced thanks to the first radiant heater in a Lexus vehicle. There are also three interior colors and a world-first adaptive ambient lighting system.

The focal point remains the central 14-inch screen which, as in the new NX and LX , is powered by a completely redesigned multimedia system incorporating a voice assistant. Excellent news!

By the way, Lexus engineers have created sounds unique to the various actions of the vehicle at the same time as they have worked to cut out exterior noise through acoustic glass and tighter seals, among other things.

360 kilometers of range.

More powerful than the Toyota bZ4X, the 2023 Lexus RZ 450e uses a 150 kW (201 hp) front motor and an 80 kW (107 hp) rear motor. These are powered by a 71.4 kWh battery and the range is provisionally estimated at 360 kilometers according to North American standards. This requires 18-inch wheels. The impact of the optional 20-inch wheels is not specified.

What the company calls the “Signature of Lexus driving” translates into the RZ 450e by DIRECT4 all-wheel drive that adjusts to driving and road conditions by precisely controlling the driving force sent to each wheel. All the torque can be distributed to the front or rear axle as needed.

At a later date, an electronic steering system (without a mechanical link between the steering wheel and the front wheels) will appear in Canada. Lexus talks about less effort for the driver, but that also means absent sensations. This kind of technology is used at Infiniti and the result does not please us. Let’s still give Lexus a chance to prove itself.

In addition, the suspension employs MacPherson struts up front and triangular levers at the rear combined with shock absorbers sensitive to the amplitudes of the roadway, all promoting high-level stability without compromising ride comfort, according to Lexus.

Finally, the Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 includes all the latest safety and driver assistance technologies, including Proactive Driver Assist with Steering Assist.
00:00 Lexus RZ 450e a first electric SUV for Lexus.
00:51 New visual identity.
01:49 State-of-the-art interior.
02:48 kilometers of range.


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