New electric crossover Lexus RZ 450e.

This is not the first electric car presented by Lexus.


An editor at eMobilCar

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Lexus has unveiled its second electric vehicle, the new RZ 450e has a foundation designed from the ground up for battery vehicles. Toyota's parent company partnered with Subaru to develop the e-TNGA platform. The Lexus is similar to the previous two e-TNGA models from Toyota and Subaru, but looks more independent, especially front and rear. The performance is better than the other two electric vehicles.

According to the Japanese, Lexus offers the same quality and performance as the brand's other vehicles. The car is equipped with a proprietary Direct4 all-wheel drive system, which adjusts traction and power distribution depending on driving conditions. The front electric motor has 150 kW (204 hp) and the rear 80 kW (109 hp), resulting in a total output of 230 kW (313 hp). Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h will be 5.6 seconds.

The drive is powered by a 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. Lexus says the traction battery will still have more than 90 percent of its capacity in ten years - other manufacturers typically only give 70 to 80 percent. Details on the RZ's range and charge times will be released by Lexus at a later date, but more than 400 kilometers are promised under the WLTP cycle. Consumption should be less than 18 kWh per 100 kilometers, which is relatively low for a car in this segment.

Inside, Lexus emphasizes not only high quality, but also a minimalist and spacious design, as well as a driver-oriented cabin structure. The on-board instruments, head-up display and 14-inch multimedia display are designed to improve forward visibility. Various modern assistance systems must also provide safety. A digital rearview mirror is available on request, which should provide better visibility even at night and in bad weather.

European customers can now reserve a car. The first cars should be available to customers from the end of 2022.

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