The primary Lexus EV offered in the US shall be a crossover SUV known as the RZ, the automaker confirmed Thursday.
The RZ is because of arrive within the U.S. in 2022, seemingly as a 2023 mannequin, as is predicted to be badged because the RZ 450e on this market. That corresponds to how Lexus has historically used the lowercase “h” for hybrids.
A trio of teaser photos exhibits some design parts that appear to have carried over from LZ-F Electrified idea unveiled in March, however with a extra upright and SUV-like profile.
Lexus did not supply any technical particulars, however the RX may use the identical e-TNGA platform because the 2023 Toyota BZ4X and 2023 Subaru Solterra twins. That might make it a smaller crossover, comparable in measurement to the present Lexus NX.
Teaser for Lexus RZ debuting in 2022
Lexus father or mother Toyota beforehand indicated that the posh model’s EVs will supply extra efficiency and vary than Toyota-badged fashions, which can give attention to affordability.
Count on the RZ to have Lexus’ new dual-motor drive tech geared toward offering experience and dealing with advantages—maybe corresponding to the e-4orce system Nissan has developed.
The RZ will not be the primary manufacturing Lexus EV, however would be the first out there on these shores. Lexus already provides a totally electrical UX300e in Europe, however there aren’t any plans to deliver it to the U.S.
Final yr, Lexus additionally introduced plans for the arrival of its first plug-in hybrid later in 2021—a model of the NX crossover. The NX was redesigned for the 2022 mannequin yr, retaining the choice of a hybrid powertrain from the earlier era.