2023 Lexus RZ, the Brand’s First EV for the U.S., Starts to Take Shape
- Lexus has shared the first images of the new RZ, an electric crossover.
- The RZ’s body shape makes us think that it’s related to the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra.
- It will likely use a more powerful drivetrain than those models, which only make 215 horsepower in their dual-motor forms.
UPDATE 12/14/21: We’ve added new images of the RZ that show its exterior design in full. These were released as part of a video detailing Toyota and Lexus’ future electric-vehicle product plans for the near future.
Lexus is closely following Toyota into the EV fray with a new model that we now know will officially be called the RZ. Based on these images, it appears to be related to the Toyota bZ4X but looks to have distinctly styled front and rear ends that fit in with the current Lexus design canon. This production model was previewed by the Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept shown earlier this year. It will be the first Lexus EV to the sold in the U.S., following the China-only UX300e.
We’re expecting the RZ to wear the RZ450e designation, given that Lexus has already trademarked that moniker. The number 450 suggests more power than the 215 horsepower than the bZ4X offers in two-motor form, so we think the Lexus will use a more potent all-wheel-drive two-motor setup. The company previously shared details on a powertrain called Direct4 that used a 201-horsepower electric motor on both the front and rear axle, so the RZ450e could make around 350 or 400 horsepower in total.
To go along with its luxury purview, the RZ is also likely to have a more sumptuous interior than its Toyota sibling. We don’t know if the bZ4X’s yoke-style steering wheel will make its way into the Lexus, but the materials inside the cabin should be plusher and more upscale. We’d expect the Lexus to start around $50,000, and an F Sport version will probably be part of the lineup.