Lexus RZ, the brand’s first pure Battery Electric Vehicle
Lexus is proud to unveil details of the new “RZ”. The RZ is the luxury brand’s first globally available pure Battery EV (BEV) model.
Since the launch of the RX400h in 2005, Lexus has been a pioneer of electrification within the luxury market. As with the first RX hybrid model, this vehicle shows an excellent driving identity and environmental performance. In 2019, Lexus’ fundamental approach toward vehicle electrification evolved further, thanks to the Lexus Electrified vision. Lexus aims to honour authentic love for driving exhilaration. And while doing so, will broaden its Lexus Electrified portfolio. The portfolio includes hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), battery electric vehicles (BEV), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). The range will exceed the needs and expectations of a more diverse set of luxury buyers.
The portfolio expansion will move Lexus toward another essential goal: the realisation of a sustainable global society. Lexus will contribute to the realisation of a carbon-neutral society by offering a full line-up of BEVs in all categories by 2030. Five years later, Lexus seeks to attain 100% BEV sales globally. To meet these challenges, Lexus will rigorously improve its products, along with the expertise of its personnel, by repeating “drive and fix” development at Toyota Technical Centre Shimoyama (hereinafter referred to as “TTCS”), Lexus’ new operational base.
Lexus RZ BEV model
As Lexus’ first globally available and dedicated BEV model, the new RZ marks Lexus’ transition into a BEV-centred brand and embodies the unique Lexus vehicle design and driving experience brought on by advanced electrification technology. For driving performance, the use of a BEV-specific platform (e-TNGA), as well as a lightweight and highly rigid body, has greatly evolved the fundamental performance of the vehicle by achieving optimal weight distribution through the ideal placement of the battery and motor.
In addition, the adoption of a new steering control and Steer-by-Wire system, along with the DIRECT4 all-wheel-drive system using electrification technology, enables vehicle control that is faithful to the driver’s intention. The RZ feels like an extension of the driver, providing a truly exciting driving experience. Furthermore, Lexus pursued the creation of an audio sound that seamlessly conveys vehicle condition changes to the driver. These efforts are being carried out at TTCS, Lexus’ new development base in order to enhance the uniquely Lexus driving flavour, the Lexus Driving Signature.
The exterior design expresses the seamless acceleration and dynamic torque-filled performance specific to BEVs. BEV Spindle Body replaces Lexus’ spindle grille with aerodynamic efficiencies. This includes optimised proportions and style versus serving the cooling and exhaust needs of an internal combustion engine. This styling evolution ushers in a new Lexus aesthetic and establishes a new design direction for BEV offerings. Within the spindle body is a minimalist, spacious interior. The application of mindfully sourced materials amplifies a sustainable mobility message and Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).
Though simplistic, the space is luxurious thanks to crafted touches and advanced technologies. In addition, the cabin features an available panoramic roof which visually opens the space. The highly efficient heating system includes a first-for-Lexus radiant heater, which enhances passenger comfort.
We believe that Lexus should continue pursuing the creation of exciting cars while respecting nature and the global environment to achieve a carbon-neutral society. The RZ has been developed with the aim of creating a uniquely Lexus BEV that feels secure to ride in, is pleasing to the touch, and is exhilarating to drive.