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Lexus launches its first all-electric crossover SUV, the RZ 450e

Luke 'Perry' Pereira
21/04/2022
Lexus launches its first all-electric crossover SUV, the RZ 450e

The electric Lexus RZ 450e brings a further evolution to the brand’s Tazuna concept and claims to cover 362 kilometres on a single charge.


TOKYO, JAPAN

Lexus has launched its first dedicated Battery EV model, the RZ 450e. The all-electric SUV is one of Toyota’s S$96 billion investments in rolling out 30 EV models by 2030. The RZ 450e will be based on Toyota’s dedicated EV platform, e-TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture).

Lexus launches its first all-electric crossover SUV, the RZ 450e

Upfront, Lexus’ identifiable spindle grille is now replaced by a BEV Spindle Body. The new front bumper design focuses on aerodynamic efficiencies with a lighting signature similar to other Lexus models.

Lexus launches its first all-electric crossover SUV, the RZ 450e

From the cockpit, the Tazuna concept is matched with a new yoke steering wheel that is similar to that of a Tesla Model S.

Lexus launches its first all-electric crossover SUV, the RZ 450e

The driver-centric looking cockpit brings a slightly redesigned dashboard that can be accessed via the 14.0-inch touchscreen that controls the infotainment system, which runs on the same new software that is on the Lexus NX model.



Lexus launches its first all-electric crossover SUV, the RZ 450e

The RZ 450e has a single motor powertrain that produces 308 hp and 435 Nm of torque that gets you from 0 to 100km/h in 5.6 seconds. Lexus quotes a range of 362 kilometres on a single charge, based on the WLTP test cycle. The RZ is packed with the latest Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 set of driver’s assistance, including standard Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert and Emergency Driving Stop System.

Inside the cabin,  the seats are upholstered in Ultrasuede which is made from 30%-bio-based sustainable materials.

Lexus launches its first all-electric crossover SUV, the RZ 450e

The RZ 450e has a panoramic roof that is equipped with a Lexus-first ‘shadow illumination’, an available dimming function, which instantly reduces the amount of light entering the cabin.



Lexus launches its first all-electric crossover SUV, the RZ 450e

Lexus’ said that the RZ 450e is expected to go on sale towards the end of this year. Pricing for Singapore has yet to be announced, though based on current COE prices we estimate that this is likely to be a S$400k to S$500k car.



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