Lexus has dropped a teaser video glimpsing the brand’s to start with entirely electric auto to be offered in the U.S. Identified as the Lexus RZ, it capabilities the angular styling we’ve occur to expect from Toyota’s luxury marque, but underneath the sheetmetal we’re in all probability obtaining a foundation we’ve observed rather a bit of in the latest weeks.
That is since the Lexus RZ is a third edition of the battery-electric crossover co-developed by Toyota and Subaru, a short while ago unveiled as the confusingly named Toyota bZ4X (it normally needs a double check of the alphanumeric sequence) and the much improved named Subaru Solterra.
All 3 are constructed on the e-TNGA platform that will underpin several EV designs. On the other hand, the Lexus RZ indicators a more major departure from the bZ4X and Solterra, whose variances were being really constrained. They seemed almost indistinguishable, the only items location them apart remaining a gentle reshape of the entrance fasica and taillights, painted wheel arch cladding on the Toyota, and an choice for a single-motor 2WD drivetrain on the bZ4X.
The Lexus, on the other hand, seems to don absolutely new sheetmetal. Appropriate absent, the lack of grey cladding all around the wheel wells is evident. There however appears to be some, but significantly slimmer than that of the bZ4X and Solterra. A powerful character line flows from the top edge of the front wheel arch to the rear door, wherever it is really picked by a different upturned character line top into a blacked out C-pillar.
By natural means, the front features a large Lexus spindle grille shape (there won’t show up to be an real open up radiator intake, avoidable for an EV) and unique headlights branded with “L” fishhook DRLs. The rear offers a significantly sleeker look as well, with trim taillights that do not droop downward into the bodywork. A stable light bar functions the term “Lexus” printed throughout alternatively than the common L-in-a-circle symbol.
No aspects or inside pictures were proven, but we would guess that the cabin is fairly a little bit nicer than the decent but operate-of-the-mill cockpit of the bZ4X and Solterra. Lexus has mentioned it will not offer the one-motor choice. On the other hand, its Direct4 all-wheel-generate program is a departure from Subaru’s, and the Lexus is reported to be capable of 402 horsepower and 442 pound-toes of torque. Those people figures wholly blow the bZ4X and Solterra out of the water.
The RZ is scheduled for an formal debut in the initially 50 percent of 2022.
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