What We Know About Lexus RZ: Is It Toyota bZ4X’s Sibling?

Lexus RZ image

The other day, the manufacturer published a few images of the all-new Lexus RZ.

Lexus is teasing its newest electrified model. Officially named ‘Lexus RZ’, the vehicle seems to be a relative to the Toyota bZ4X and the Subaru Solterra.

Lexus reveals no details: all we can see now is a crossover silhouette or a side view, the car’s front and rear fascia with the lights and lettering, in line with the brand’s current design canon.

Lexus RZ teaser

Since we are dealing with a Lexus, expect more luxury in the cabin (high-end materials and more refinement) compared to the bZ4X, and a higher price, of course, probably around $50K.

Earlier this year, Lexus showed the LF-Z Electrified concept which is a forerunner of the brand’s future EVs. The company confirmed the concept would come to production in about 13 months.

Moreover, Lexus trademarked the RZ450e moniker, meaning it could be the name for the new, most likely all-wheel-drive product. The number of ‘450’ is a hint at the vehicle’s potency.

Back in 2020, the automaker presented “a core Lexus Electrified technology to achieve unique dynamic performance” – DIRECT4, which is designed for the next generation of battery electric and hybrid electric vehicles of the luxury brand.

The system focuses on optimum drive force distribution: it uses a front and rear e-axle, each featuring a high-torque 201-hp electric motor directly connected to wheels.

Lexus RZ teaser

Expect the DIRECT4 powertrain to produce a total of 350-450 horsepower in the RZ450e, by comparison to the Toyota bZ4X that offers 215 hp.

The Lexus RZ or RZ450e should arrive next year as a 2023 model.

Source: Lexus

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