Lexus has dropped a teaser video glimpsing the model’s first absolutely electrical automobile to be bought within the U.S. Known as the Lexus RZ, it options the angular styling we have come to count on from Toyota’s luxurious marque, however beneath the sheetmetal we’re most likely getting a basis we have seen fairly a little bit of in latest weeks.
That is as a result of the Lexus RZ is a 3rd model of the battery-electric crossover co-developed by Toyota and Subaru, lately unveiled because the confusingly named Toyota bZ4X (it all the time requires a double examine of the alphanumeric sequence) and the significantly better named Subaru Solterra.
All three are constructed on the e-TNGA platform that can underpin a number of EV fashions. Nonetheless, the Lexus RZ indicators a extra vital departure from the bZ4X and Solterra, whose variations have been fairly restricted. They seemed nearly indistinguishable, the one issues setting them aside being a light 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, alternatively, appears to put on utterly new sheetmetal. Straight away, the shortage of grey cladding across the wheel wells is clear. There nonetheless seems to be some, however a lot slimmer than that of the bZ4X and Solterra. A powerful character line flows from the vanguard of the entrance wheel arch to the rear door, the place it is picked by one other upturned character line main right into a blacked out C-pillar.
Naturally, the entrance options a big Lexus spindle grille form (there does not seem like an precise open radiator consumption, pointless for an EV) and distinctive headlights branded with “L” fishhook DRLs. The rear presents a a lot sleeker look as effectively, with slim taillights that do not droop downward into the bodywork. A strong gentle bar options the phrase “Lexus” printed throughout quite than the normal L-in-a-circle brand.
No particulars or inside photographs have been proven, however we might guess that the cabin is sort of a bit nicer than the respectable however run-of-the-mill cockpit of the bZ4X and Solterra. Lexus has acknowledged it won’t provide the single-motor choice. Nonetheless, its Direct4 all-wheel-drive system is a departure from Subaru’s, and the Lexus is claimed to be able to 402 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. These figures utterly blow the bZ4X and Solterra out of the water.
The RZ is scheduled for an official debut within the first half of 2022.