Lexus will introduce its first electric vehicle in North America
The RZ450e will be an electric compact SUV
This model could share its platform with Toyota’s new BZ4X
Among the news that Lexus is going all electric by 2035 which was accompanied by the reveal of 15 new concepts from Toyota and Lexus, the luxury brand released two new images of the upcoming RZ.
The Lexus RZ will be the brand’s first fully electric vehicle sold in North America, since the electric version of the UX that is sold in Europe never landed on our continent.
A patent filing revealed that the full name for this compact electric SUV will be RZ450e and it is the last letter that confirms this will be fully powered by electricity, since Lexus uses a strict naming strategy. According to it, traditional hybrid models get an “h” at the end of their name and plug-in hybrids are named “h+”, which means “e” can only be used to designate a battery electric vehicle.
The two new pictures give a much clearer look at the front and rear ends of the vehicle, which is expected to share its platform and many mechanical components with the Toyota BZ4X, the first dedicated EV from Lexus’ parent company.
As was expected, the front fascia of the RZ adopts a look that is similar in shape to the brand’s typical spindle-grille, despite being flush, due to the lack of a gasoline engine that requires cooling and an air intake. The headlamps are reminiscent of those used on the new IS compact sedan and NX compact SUV.
In a similar fashion to the BZ4X, the RZ features black wheel arch surrounds and a black appliqué below the headlamps, although these two elements are separated on the Lexus, which gives a more traditional and elegant look.
At the rear, the RZ uses a light bar to create a family resemblance to the other new Lexus SUVs and the top of the rear glass is flanked by two protrusions that are not without semblance to the Toyota CH-R’s rear spoiler.