Lexus gave us a glimpse on the 2023 RZ 450e right this moment: an all-electric SUV with an estimated 225-mile vary and a 71.4kWh battery. The firm’s first-ever electrical automobile (EV) may also include Direct4. That’s its new all-wheel-drive system that mechanically calibrates weight distribution on all 4 wheels, resulting in “improved start-up acceleration, handling stability and low power consumption.”
On the within of the automobile is a modern inside with a 14-inch touchscreen and a panoramic sunroof that extends from the entrance seats to the again. As for a steering yoke, which my colleague Andrew Hawkins lamented about in a earlier publish, that’s non-obligatory.
Lexus included a picture of the yoke in its preliminary tease of the automobile, however Lexus spokesperson Amanda Roark confirmed to The Verge that Lexus will promote the automobile within the US for one 12 months with a typical wheel. After that, the yoke can be supplied as a further possibility with Steer by Wire, a function that replaces mechanical steering with digital controls.
Lexus nonetheless hasn’t revealed any pricing info for the RZ, but it surely’s doubtless that the posh automobile will value a bit greater than the $42,000 BZ4X electric SUV offered by Toyota. The base BZ4X mannequin comes with an estimated 252 miles of vary, a 71.4kWh battery pack, and is constructed on the identical e-TNGA platform because the RZ.
When in comparison with different electrical luxurious SUVs, the RZ falls a bit quick on vary with its 225-mile estimate. The 2022 BMW iX M60 lasts as much as 280 miles on a single cost, whereas the 2022 Tesla Model X can cowl an estimated 333 miles. The RZ’s mileage is extra on par with the $51,700 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge, which will get as much as 223 miles on one cost.