Here’s Another Look At The Upcoming Lexus RZ, Will Debut In Spring
Lexus releases more photos along with an estimated launch date for the RZby Isaac Atienza, on LISTEN 02:40
Lexus has released more information regarding its first-ever dedicated electric vehicle (EV), the RZ. For the record, this isn’t Lexus’ first EV, because that would be the UX 300e, but this is the first one to ride on a dedicated EV platform and not simply convert a vehicle with an internal combustion engine (ICE) into something that has an electric motor.
Lexus has finally announced a launch date for the RZ 450e, and it’s scheduled to make its debut this spring. No specific date was given, so with this information in mind, expect the RZ to debut somewhere between March and June.
In addition, Lexus also released more photos of the RZ 450e, namely the side profile and its rear end. Though this is not the first time we’re seeing this vehicle, more photos are still definitely appreciated, as we get to continue to appreciate what the company’s first dedicated EV looks like.
If the silhouette of the Lexus RZ looks familiar, that’s because it will most likely be based on the same platform as the Toyota bZ4X, and consequently, the Subaru Solterra. As such, expect the RZ to be a compact crossover SUV. Some of its design details include a closed-off Spindle Grille and an LED light bar with the Lexus typeface that first made its debut in the new NX.
Powertrain and interior details for the Lexus RZ are also still unknown at this point. Of course, being a Lexus, we would expect the RZ to have a better-looking and more luxurious interior. Its powertrain should, in theory, also be more powerful. For reference, the Toyota bZ4X that the RZ shares its platform with has either a single- or dual-motor setup, with the former producing 201 horsepower and 196 pound-feet and the latter producing 215 horsepower and 248 pound-feet.
The information was relayed when Lexus recently announced its global sales result. A total of 760,012 units were sold throughout 2021, which is a 106-percent increase compared to 2020. On a regional level, North America achieved approximately 332,000 units, a 112-percent increase compared to the previous year. China, meanwhile, achieved a record high of approximately 227,000 units, which is 101-percent higher compared to the previous year. These two markets were the primary drivers of Lexus’ road to recovery.