New RZ 450e trademark could be new EV
Company plans 10 EVs in early part of this decade
There could be a new Lexus model coming, and a new electric powertrain could be coming along with it since the RZ 450e name that’s just been trademarked around the world would represent a very new naming pattern for the luxury automaker.
Sharp-eyed users on the Lexus Enthusiast forum found the trademark filings for RZ 450e in the U.S., Europe, and Australia, with all three having been made over the last few weeks. It’s what the new name could mean that has us intrigued, though.
Currently, Lexus affixes an h badge to the end of its hybrid-powered models, like the RX 450h hybrid crossover. Earlier this year the brand introduced the UX 300e as its first-ever all-electric model, and so we’d expect that to mean the same here. With more power than the 300e reflected in the 450 number. A PHEV could also be in the cards, but Lexus has already trademarked NX 450h+, and that one’s expected to be a PHEV model, leaving e free and clear.
Lexus currently uses R to describe two models, first the RC coupe and secondly the RX luxury crossover. Add the Z and you could easily construe the RZ to mean a crossover-coupe, the increasingly popular body style that can already be found in EVs from both Audi and Jaguar.
Toyota has already announced plans for 10 BEV models by “the early 2020s”, so this new one from Lexus, possibly arriving later this year or early next, would seem like an excellent fit for the brand.