Lexus RZ Electric SUV Teased With Full Debut Set For April 20


In August 2020, we reported on a new trademark filing by Lexus that hinted at a new electric crossover. About 18 months later, the Japanese manufacturer teased the zero-emissions model, and shortly after, the first official images were released. The culmination of this whole process is drawing near as Lexus has just confirmed it will be unveiling the full RZ on April 20 this year.

The announcement was accompanied by a new teaser image, showing the electric SUV’s front fascia. That’s not surprising given the previous images of the vehicle’s exterior, which match what we saw in this initial preview. For those who haven’t seen the previous RZ teaser, check out the gallery below which contains all the photos available so far.

Steering Wheel Lexus RZ Yoke

The RZ will feature a new evolution of the Lexus spindle grille with a closed design. There are no openings at the top, but there are inlets at the bottom and vertical openings on each side. The sharp-edged headlights on each side touch the center of the fascia and above it sits a heavily wrinkled hood. The fenders seem to extend all the way to the top edge of the headlights.

The electric high-riding Lexus will launch in the guise of the RZ 450e and for now, it looks like there will only be one version available. The RZ will be the first dedicated battery-powered production vehicle designed and engineered to “set new benchmarks for the premium driving experience.” Marketing language aside, the RZ will essentially be a slightly redesigned, fancier and more expensive version of the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra.

There’s no official word on the crossover’s powertrain, though sibling models from Toyota and Subaru both rely on an electric system with an output of 215 horsepower (160 kilowatts). The dual motor layout could possibly be changed to produce more power. The approximate distance between the two payloads can be about 220 miles (354 kilometers). The 71.4 kilowatt-hour battery will provide electrical energy.


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