Lexus has unveiled the 2023 model year RZ 450e crossover, which draws inspiration from the Toyota bZ4X 2023 and Subaru Solterra, but adds a number of new technologies and luxury accessories to the final mix.
The newly developed High Performance Electronic Axle (eAxle) system includes a 150 kW front engine and an 80 kW rear unit. The 71.4 kWh battery pack should provide a range of 360 km.
The Lexus RZ will come with a helm-shaped steering wheel linked to a new exclusive Steer by Wire system. It’s worth noting that Tesla has already introduced such a steering wheel, for which it has been criticized by reviewers and users.
The car, in addition to the unusual steering wheel design, will also have a lowered dashboard to increase driver engagement and awareness of the surroundings. The new steering system abandons the mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the wheel in favor of an electric signal relay. Lexus claims that Steer by Wire negates non-essential vibrations from tires and brakes, thereby transmitting only important data, such as road information, to the steering system.
The car is based on the e-TNGA platform, the first platform for Lexus electric cars developed in collaboration with Toyota and Subaru. The Lexus RZ will also get the Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 package, which includes the Pre-Collision system, which sends a warning if the driver is distracted to avoid an accident. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control uses automatic braking based on the driver’s attention and distance to a nearby vehicle. The lane departure warning includes steering assistance, while the emergency stop system activates an emergency alarm.
Buyers will also be able to choose between three interior color options: Orange, Palomino and Dapple Grey/Black. The company has not yet disclosed pricing for the new Lexus RZ.