Meet RZ 450e, Lexus’ first all-electric SUV. As the brand’s first dedicated electric vehicle, the RZ marks the next step for Lexus into a completely electrified future. Under the motto ‘Lexus Electrified’ the luxury carmaker is making a push for sustainability. In fact, the brand plans to go all-electric by the end of this decade.
Their new RZ 450e is a five-seat SUV that promises a refined, human-centered driving experience.
LEXUS RZ 450e Features
- DIRECT4 all-wheel-drive system (soon-to-be-available in the US)
- 4kWh battery pack
- 308 horsepower
- Over 225 miles on a single charge
- Regenerative braking system
- Frequency reactive dampers
- 14-inch touchscreen with Lexus Interface multimedia system
Luxury Meets Sustainability
This electric SUV is shaped for aerodynamic performance: with a spindle body and a minimalist, though luxurious and spacious interior, this is a Lexus vehicle through and through.
The mean electric machine boasts a classic sleek Lexus design, a lightweight and highly rigid body, a BEV-specific platform (e-TNGA), and new steering control. It has a 150kW motor upfront and an 80kW motor at the back.
The RZ 450e promises superior handling stability and ride comfort thanks to the electronic steering-by-wire and a yoke steering wheel. Its weight distribution also appears to be near-ideal thanks to the optimal battery and motor placement.
The company wanted to design a uniquely Lexus BEV that is not only safe but also exciting to drive. The technology making this possible is a new all-wheel-drive system DIRECT4.
Lexus is playing it safe with pretty conservative specifications on this car. The 225-mile range distance is less than impressive though, but it should be enough for a standard commute and a loyal Lexus customer.
The Lexus RZ 450e is expected to become available by the end of 2022. We are still waiting for the pricing details, so stay tuned.
Learn more at Lexus.com.