Lexus unveiled the all-new 2023 Lexus RZ 450e, the luxury brand’s first global battery electric vehicle. The all-new BEV model marks Lexus’ transition into a BEV-centered brand, and it represents the unique Lexus vehicle design and driving experience made available through advanced, electrified technology. The utilization of a BEV-specific platform (e-TNGA), as well as a lightweight and highly rigid body, has boosted the fundamental performance of the SUV by achieving optimal weight distribution through ideal placement of the battery and motor. In addition, the DIRECT4 all-wheel drive system and the adoption of a new steering control and available Steer by Wire system enable vehicle control that is more true to the driver’s intention.
The “Lexus Driving Signature” (LDS) is a uniquely Lexus driving experience created for achieving predictable, linear response according to the driver’s intentions. In the Lexus RZ, the high-precision motor torque control and optimal battery and motor placement help to achieve ideal weight distribution and high response. This concept is called “The Natural” and is based on the DIRECT4 all-wheel drive system that controls front and rear drive force according to driving and road surface conditions.
The exterior design embodies the seamless acceleration and dynamic torque-filled performance specific to BEVs. Lexus’ signature spindle grille is replaced by a BEV Spindle Body. The new front bumper design focuses on aerodynamic efficiencies and serves the cooling and exhaust needs of an internal combustion engine.
A minimalist, spacious interior is focused on amplifying Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) through its application of mindfully sourced materials. The cabin features a standard panoramic roof which visually opens the space. Passenger comfort is improved by a highly efficient heating system featuring a Lexus-first radiant heater.
Lexus engineers created expressive in-cabin sounds by matching sound frequencies to the vehicle’s speed and sound levels during acceleration or other dynamic actions. The underfloor battery functions as a sound barrier and the entire area of the hood opening is sealed to remove noise caused by turbulent airflow. Unwanted noise is also stopped with the help of front/rear seat acoustic glass, and a new weatherstripping cross-section creates quiet space.
The 2023 Lexus RZ 450e is expected to go on sale towards the end of 2022.
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