Lexus RZ 450e : Lexus enters the world of 100% electric

Lexus makes its entrance into the electric world with its RZ 450e, a significant milestone for the brand. Born from the e-TNGA platform, which also underpins the Toyota BZ4X and Subaru Solterra, the RZ 450e is the result of an ambitious vision to merge Lexus luxury with the environmental and technological benefits of electric propulsion. The goal is clear: to create a driving experience that is exhilarating, comfortable, and inherently Lexus.

The exterior design of the RZ 450e displays aesthetic boldness while adhering to Lexus’s design codes. Following the lineage of the NX and RX SUVs, it distinguishes itself with specific traits that assert its electric character. Its silhouette is sculpted to optimize aerodynamics, with a drag coefficient of just 0.26, illustrating a successful marriage of aesthetics and efficiency.

In terms of dimensions, the Lexus RZ measures 4.80 meters long, 1.63 meters high, and 1.89 meters wide. The front of the vehicle is dominated by a three-dimensional grille, framed by L-shaped headlights that enhance its piercing gaze. The rear features a modern design with a uniquely shaped spoiler and a light signature that extends across the width to reinforce its visual identity and road presence.

Inspired by the “Tazuma” concept, the interior layout places the driver at the center of the experience, with ergonomics designed so that each command is within easy reach to minimize unnecessary movements. A high-definition 14-inch touchscreen is installed at the center of the dashboard for improved navigation through the menus, complemented by physical buttons below the screen for climate control. Materials were meticulously selected for their quality and aesthetics, including refined leather, brushed aluminum, and high-quality plastics, creating a welcoming and luxurious environment. The optional large panoramic roof increases the sensation of space and light in the cabin, featuring an electric opacity function that turns it opaque at the press of a button. The space is generous, offering comfortable rear seats for two adults and a spacious trunk of 522 liters, expandable to 1451 liters, demonstrating Lexus’s commitment to space and passenger comfort.

Under the hood, the Lexus RZ 450e shines with its electric performance, featuring two electric motors. The RZ uses electric axles at the front and rear. The front motor develops 150 kW and the rear motor 80 kW, offering a combined power of 230 kW (313 hp). The e-Axle transmission, a novelty for Lexus electric vehicles, ensures smooth and responsive power transmission. The Direct4 system adjusts the power distribution between the front and rear axles, perfectly adapting to the road and offering a safe and dynamic driving experience.

The 71.4 kWh battery provides the RZ 450e with an approximate range of 395km, depending on driving conditions and wheel size. The vehicle is compatible with fast-charging systems up to 150 kW, allowing for an 80% recharge in just 30 minutes. However, the range can vary and remains an important consideration for users, inviting careful energy management in daily use.

The Lexus RZ 450e offers a perfect balance between ride comfort and responsiveness, with suspension designed to efficiently absorb road imperfections while providing precise handling. Various driving modes, including an exhilarating Sport mode, allow drivers to adapt the vehicle to their preferences, offering impressive accelerations and an adaptive driving experience. The Lexus RZ 450e is equipped with semi-autonomous driving, including speed sign recognition and traffic adaptation.

By entering the electric arena with the RZ450e, Lexus leverages its hybrid expertise to mark its entry into electric vehicles, albeit somewhat cautiously. Although it faces challenges in terms of range and user interface, its positioning against competitors highlights its potential in terms of space, performance, and endurance. Targeted improvements, such as adopting adaptive suspension and technological advancements, could propel the brand to a reference position among luxury electric vehicles.


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