2023 Lexus RZ450e F Sport | 2023 lexus rz 450e | 2023 lexus rz range | EV Motor, Power & Performance

2023 Lexus RZ450e F Sport | 2023 lexus rz 450e | 2023 lexus rz range | EV Motor, Power & Performance

20 23 lexus rz first look can you tell this is lex’s first ev expect a smooth stress-free experience from lex’s first electric suv is that enough for as close in appearance as the new toyota bz-4x and subaru sultera electric crossovers are you might not realize the lexus rz is their triplet all three suvs share toyota’s etnga electric vehicle architecture

But while the toyota and subi are readily identifiable as sharing a body interior and well nearly everything the 2023 lexus rz stands apart with less awkward styling and an entirely unique and luxurious interior to be honest lexus probably would prefer we play down any associations between the rz and its mechanical siblings but the reality is that a host of

Upcoming evs from a variety of automakers will spread a relatively small number of components batteries motors platforms beneath a flotilla of different cars trucks and suvs spanning the mainstream and luxury segments in short don’t read too much into the lexus links to the lesser bz4x and zoltera hey at least the lexus gets a somewhat normal name one that

Sounds vaguely in line with those of the luxury automaker’s other products take that toyota cat walked across the keyboard z4x a simpler f suv in an amusing twist lexus has taken the basic approachability of the bz-4x and by extension the soltera that we highlighted in our first drive of that f and copies it over to nearly every other aspect of the rz that

Means while the bz4x offers up a fairly normal in-car experience beneath its bizarre styling without funky tesla baiting tech weirdness or much nerd rabbit hole options for tracking various f performance metrics like you might get from some competitors the rz does the same but with a normal outward appearance too this is a luxury electric crossover in the same

Vein as audi’s etron which aims to deliver an electrified but otherwise utterly conventional experience that won’t turn off buyers coming out of internal combustion vehicles heck the wildest features inside are the touch sensitive door openers like those on the nx where you push a little button to exit the car and the available panoramic sunroof stimmable glass

From the exterior the rz450e looks a lot like lexus’s latest gas and hybrid nx compact crossovers only with slightly more angular detailing and fewer intakes on the front end sure if you really step back and study the rz’s arcing roof profile you can trace hints of the bz4x and zoltera but thanks to the puffed-out fenders the pronounced hourglass shape to the nose

That echoes lexus’s signature grille design and those full-width tail lamps the lexus stands on its own dimensionally the rz is also slightly massaged the 112.2 inch wheelbase is shared with the toyota but the lexus sits more than half an inch lower and is 1.4 inches wider and 4.5 inches longer while we don’t have final specifications for the interior it seems

Likely that the lexus will be roomier than its siblings the cabin similarly takes after the nx adopting that suv’s new generation 14.0 inch touchscreen interface and thankfully it’s volume and hvac knobs and a similar digital gauge cluster and steering wheel a starter button lives up high right in the driver’s field of view to the right of the steering wheel

And there are normal control stocks sprouting from the column window and mirror controls where you’d expect them and an elegant rotary knob for selecting drive park and reverse everything is arranged in an utterly conventional manner just like in the toyota and suburu again reinforcing the notion that this rz will be easy for non-fanatics to slide into and drive

Without any kind of in-depth training lexus says the interior will be quieted by extra seals around the hood acoustic glass front and rear and even a new cross section designed specifically for the rz’s weatherstripping all of this is critical stuff given the rz’s lack of an engine most evs battle wind and road noise in the absence of the white noise generated

By internal combustion or maybe not the rz will feature expressive in-cabin sounds to convey the exhilaration of driving this presumably artificial sound will be piped into the interior in sync with the speed of the drive motors and could mask some unwanted noises while providing a feedback loop for the driver just joking try not to read this like too much of a

Record scratch but the rz will at an unspecified future date offer a feature that will undo this nothing to see here take that feature is a steer-by-wire setup in which there is no mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the front wheels which will enable not only computerized variations to the steering behavior sharper control for the onboard driver

Assist such as lane centering and someday evasive maneuvers but also for lexus to introduce a steering yoke like the one it’s already shown off and promised to rz customers in china that yoke which lacks a full steering wheel rim is a lot like tesla’s unit recently introduced on the model s and model x albeit with one key difference that steer-by-wire capability

Means rz drivers won’t need to flail around with hand-over-hand steering inputs lexus says rz’s with the feature will have 150 degree steering range but doesn’t specify whether that means the yoke will only turn 150 degrees in either direction or 150 degrees lock to lock so 75 degrees in each direction either range would eliminate the need to go hand over hand

And lexa says the system enables nearly wrist flick u-turns at low speeds and stability at higher speeds so what’s under the uh where are the motors again underneath all of the rz’s layers of lexus ness sit the dual electric motors from the all-wheel drive toyota bz4x lexus only lists their outputs in kw with the front motor delivering 150 kilowatts and the

Rear doling out 80. those figures match those listed for various toyota components and convert to 201 and 107 hp if torque holds true as we expect it will look for 196 lb ft from the front motor and 124 lb ft outback and for a combined system total of around 300 hp and 300 lbft a decent jump over the awdbz-4x which delivers 214 hp and 248 lbft total why the

Discrepancy toyota fits the bz4x with the same 80 kilowatts motor front and rear whereas the lexus gets the larger front motor used by the front-wheel drive bz-4x the front-to-rear power split is variable 100 given the motors share no mechanical connection and lexus has dubbed this awd setup direct 4. that said those remain estimates given how lexus has so far

Only provided a battery capacity for an rz prototype overseas curiously that capacity is listed at 71.4 kilowatt hour the same as the front-wheel-drive bz-4x no front-drive rz will be offered at least not at launch all-wheel drive bz-4xs get a higher capacity 72.8 kilowatt hour battery when asked about the oddity of the rz using the smaller of the toyota’s two

Batteries with its available higher power draw awd setup lexus told us the batteries are still undergoing testing and could change before the rz goes on sale later this year don’t be surprised if the rz ultimately ends up with the bigger pack especially given lexus’s claim that it’s ev will be good for 225 miles of range a few more than the awd bz4x manages at

Least when equipped with the smaller of its two wheel sizes 18 inchers instead of 20s this increase in range is partially attributed to a higher efficiency rear inverter which utilizes silicon carbide power semiconductor elements in acclaimed toyota lexus first the rz will need small advances like that to stand apart because unless lexus finds a way to stuff

A significantly greater number of battery cells into the rz’s floor than toyota did the bz-4x expect similar performance and range to the toyota regardless of what the final specifications end up as the ride could be smoother however as lexus fits the rz with frequency reactive dampers a type of shock that firms up as the force of a wheel impact goes up and

Soften for less aggressive actions slowing the suspension’s movement at the limits of its travel translated that means that if you bottom out the suspension at least the dampers firmed up as that event neared minimizing the thud helping avoid even bigger thuds is the standard lexus safety system plus 3.0 active safety suite which includes collision warning

Automated emergency braking adaptive cruise control lane departure warning lane keep assist and a bunch of driver monitors those monitors can tell if the driver is fatigued or having an emergency of some kind or simply stops paying attention while using the self-steering and adaptive cruise functions in which case the emergency driving stop system will safely

Slow and stop the car in its lane is it enough lexus is hoping to have a full lineup of electric vehicles for sale by 2030 and five years beyond that to transition its entire lineup to ev-only offerings the rz-450e is the tip of that spear and an inauspicious one at that this is not exactly a flashy attention-grabbing envy causing electric luxury suv its range

And power are spanked by a variety of other f suvs and not just luxury offerings such as tesla’s model y on the other hand if the rz turns out to be relatively affordable and can deliver the traditional lexus experience of simple operation a quiet and smooth ride and supreme refinement maybe it can carve out a lane for other electric lexuses to follow we’ll find

Out later this year when it goes on sale

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