Lexus has finally whipped the wraps off its first globally available battery electric vehicle (BEV), the RZ. The Japanese firm says the emissions-free SUV boasts a unique, human-centric driving experience; a design born from dynamism; and advanced safety tech. 

RZ

Marking Lexus’ transition into a BEV-centred brand, the RZ “embodies the unique Lexus vehicle design and driving experience brought on by advanced electrification technology”. The RZ is based on the automaker’s BEV-specific, e-TNGA platform. 

The firm says the lightweight and highly rigid body has considerably evolved the vehicle’s fundamental performance by achieving optimal weight distribution through the ideal placement of the battery and electric motor. In addition, the company says the steer-by-wire system, along with the DIRECT4 all-wheel-drive set-up, enables vehicle control that is faithful to the driver’s intentions. 

RZ

The RZ measures 4 805 mm nose to tail, 1 895 mm wide, 1 635 mm in height and 2 850 mm between the fore and aft axles. The RZ is available with 18- or 20-inch alloy wheels. 

The RZ’s 71.4 kWh battery is coupled with a duo of electric motors, one found on the fore and another on the aft axle. The front unit produces 150 kW, with the rear item churning out 80 kW. Lexus claims an all-electric range of “approximately” 450 km.