Lexus officially introduces the RZ 450e electric SUV with 225 miles of range
After Toyota's main brand has officially revealed its first and highly anticipated electric SUV a few days ago, the luxury offspring Lexus has now followed suit and revealed the more elegant RZ 450e, which will be the automakers very first globally offered BEV, after the small Lexus UX300e has not made it to the North American market.
Just like the Toyota bZ4X, the new Lexus RZ 450e is based on the company's new e-TNGA platform, which was specifically engineered and designed for battery-powered cars. In terms of size, the electric sports utility vehicle appears to be just a tad smaller than the well-known Lexus RX, as the new electric SUV is 189 inches long and 74.6 inches wide. However, its wheelbase of 112 inches is longer than the popular SUV model with traditional powertrains.
The Lexus RZ 450e packs a punch compared to its Toyota counterpart
While the new electric SUV from Japan will feature the same 71.4 kWh battery capacity as the aforementioned bZ4X, the Lexus RZ 450e preliminary technical specifications hint at a more powerful all-wheel drivetrain which can produce up to 150 kW in the front and 80 kW in the rear, which could result in a combined power output of around 308 electric horsepower.
The luxury automaker further expects its new electric SUV to travel up to 225 miles on a single charge at cruising speeds, but this range projection is not yet rated according to the EPA or WLTP standard. The charging capabilities of the electric SUV are also unknown at this point in time. More technical specs will likely be released by the end of the year 2022, which is when the Lexus RZ 450e is scheduled to go on sale on the North American market.