Lexus Introduces The First-Ever All-Electric RZJun 13rd, 2022
Lexus has ushered in a new era of automotive achievements with the unveiling of the 2023 RZ 450e, the luxury brand’s first Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).
This expansion into the full EV market is the luxury brand’s latest step into a sustainable global future, with plans to offer a full battery electric vehicle (BEV) lineup in all categories by 2030, followed shortly with plans to attain 100 per cent BEV sales globally.
Just as the announcement sets a new precedent for automotive advancement, the RZ takes to the stage with a striking and minimal appearance, unimaginable with previous combustion engineering. The RZ’s new front bumper is optimized for peak aerodynamic efficiency and futuristic style, no longer limited by the demands of cooling and exhaust. The front grille has additionally changed from the once iconic Lexus spindle grille, replaced by a BEV Spindle Body.
From the profile, the vehicle’s exterior is elegantly sculpted from front to rear fenders, creating a captivating and efficient appearance, perfectly harmonizing with the RZ’s wide stance and accentuating the electric power of the vehicle’s DIRECT4 distribution system.
The RZ’s newly developed, high-output electronic axle (eAxle) paired with DIRECT4 is the next evolutionary step of the “Lexus Driving Signature.” With one motor precisely controlling the driving force of four wheels using factors or vehicle speed, acceleration and steering angle information, the result is an intuitive driving experience.
This balance has been further achieved with considerations towards an optimal weight distribution by placement of the battery and motor as well as the Lexus-first Steer by Wire system, the electronic exchange of steering and road surface through electrical signals for a more responsive, intentional performance.
Lastly, the cabin furthers the RZ’s minimalist atmosphere, while continuing the luxury environment signature. The vehicle’s long wheelbase allows for ample seating, complemented by a low-positioned instrument panel and panoramic roof to complete the spacious openness.
The cabin materials have all been mindfully sourced, from the upper wood-grain console to the ultra-suede door trim, each creating a clean and refined appearance that presents a sense of freedom.
“We believe that Lexus, an established luxury automaker, should continue pursuing the creation of exciting cars while respecting nature and the global environment to achieve a carbon-neutral society,” the brand’s Chief Engineer Takashi Watanabe said in a release. “The RZ has been developed with the aim of creating a uniquely Lexus BEV that feels secure to ride in, is pleasing to the touch, and is exhilarating to drive.”
The 2023 RZ 450e is set to go on sale later this year. Stay tuned to Northwest Lexus for all the details.