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April 20, 2022 is a milestone for Lexus. The Japanese premium manufacturer today unveiled its new electric vehicle, which is still in the UX 300e. As expected, this is an SUV called the Lexus RZ 450e. From a dedicated platform, this new model marks a turning point in the electrification strategy of the subsidiary firm Toyota, which until then had been content to market only electrified vehicles thanks to hybrid technology. .

To mark the occasion, the Lexus RZ has its own design. Like the Lexus NX, it adopts a “sharp line”, but is distinguished by its low hood, its reduced air intakes as well as its three-dimensional grille, also sharp. The daytime running lights adopt an L-shaped signature. In profile, the design is marked by a wheelbase of 2,850 meters, 20-inch alloy wheels, while the rear receives a roof spoiler divided into two parts and a signature light that extends over the entire width of the tailgate, even to the rear fenders. The RZ 450e is 4,805 meters long, 1,895 meters wide and 1,635 meters high.

Battery installation is a crucial issue

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Thanks to the new e-TNGA technical platform, Lexus explains that it was able to integrate the battery “in the chassis, under the passenger compartment” to lower the center of gravity of the SUV and “ensure better balance and better handling.” The Japanese brand says it wanted to “guarantee the driver the Lexus Driving Signature”, characterized by “confidence, control and comfort in all driving situations”.

Accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.6 seconds

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To do this, the Lexus RZ has two electric motors of 204 hp (150 kW) and 109 hp (80 kW), each associated with a shaft. Therefore, the accumulated power reaches 313 hp (230 kW) per 435 Nm of torque. This engine is combined with a four-wheel drive Direct4 that “permanently balances four-wheel drive,” according to Lexus. The Lexus RZ is clearly based on acceleration, as it shoots from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.6 seconds but sees its top speed limited to only 160 km / h.

The range will be “more than 400 kilometers”

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Expected to offer “more than 90% capacity” after ten years of use, the Lexus RZ 450e’s battery offers 71.4 kW of power, which should give the electric SUV a range of more than 400 kilometers according to the WLTP approval cycle. . In any case, this is what Lexus offers, as the manufacturer does not announce autonomy or official recharge time at the time of writing these lines.

The Yoke steering wheel is the star of the cab

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Lexus has not skimped on the interior of this new electric SUV. The brand offers a futuristic driving position, where a Yoke steering wheel is installed – inspired by aviation – similar to that offered by Toyota in the bZ4X, technical cousin of this model. This little flyer is associated with the email address. In fact, there is no mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the wheels, but a simple electronic connection. Interest? “An even more instant response and even more precise control,” says Lexus. Behind this steering wheel, the manufacturer has installed a digital instrument panel, along with a front screen. A 14-inch touch screen has been integrated into the dashboard.

Zoom in on the Lexus RZ equipment

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In addition to these features, the interior of the Lexus RZ 450e features an opaque panoramic roof with electronic transparency adjustment, a radiant heating system for the driver and passenger, as well as the new Lexus Link multimedia system that includes connected navigation , a voice system. wizard and Apple CarPlay wireless or Android Auto screen duplication cable.

Various driving aids available

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A modern vehicle requires, the Lexus RZ 450e comes with state-of-the-art driving aids, such as proactive driving “with assistance to the steering”, a monitor of fatigue or distraction of the driver, and even the e-Latch that “allows you to open a door electronically.” at the push of a button. ” This device goes hand in hand with the blind spot detector and aims to ensure a safe exit from the car.


The price of the Lexus RZ 450e must be announced in the weeks following its official presentation. The electric SUV is expected to be launched in the European market by the end of 2022.

To sum up

After marketing many hybrid vehicles, Lexus finally becomes electric. The Japanese manufacturer unveiled on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 the Lexus RZ 450e, a first electric compact SUV inspired by the LF-Z Electrified concept car. The RZ has a futuristic design, marked by a hood that sinks forward and a large luminous signature on the back. Its cabin contains a high-tech dashboard and a driving seat equipped with a Yoke steering wheel. Its 71.4 kW battery integrated into its chassis should allow it to travel more than 400 kilometers on a single charge, while its dual electric motor gives it 313 hp. The Lexus RZ 450e is expected to go on sale before the end of 2022.

Quentin Gueroult

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