Lexus launches its first electric car, with 309 horsepower

Lexus recently launched its first electric car called the RZ 450e. This electric crossover model is developed on the same platform as Toyota’s bZ4X electric car, with 309 horsepower.

In the near future, Lexus will launch a total of 16 fully electric cars, starting with the newly launched Lexus RZ 450e. The RZ 450e is considered an electric version of the RX crossover vehicle. The car is built on the same platform as the Toyota bZ4X.

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The Lexus RZ 450e has a design with familiar lines of the Lexus RX line but is refined with designs following the style of future electric car models. The grille is called the all-new, covered Lexus Spindle Grille. The “Seamless E-Motion” design language is also used to highlight the dynamism and future-orientation of electric car models like the RZ.

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On both sides, a large ribbed line extends from the front wheel arch to the rear door creating a muscular look. The car is equipped with wheels with sizes ranging from 18 inches to 22 inches. At the rear of the car, the Lexus brand positioning line is placed horizontally on the taillight strip. The coupe-style low-swept rear is adorned with two small spoilers. Car buyers can choose up to 5 different exterior paint colors and can also mix two colors.

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Inside, the cockpit is streamlined with a low-mounted dashboard. The steering wheel has a special design similar to the steering wheels used in science fiction movies. This steering wheel is also integrated with function keys capable of controlling the navigation system, sound and driving mode. Lexus equips the RZ 450e with a 14-inch entertainment screen with voice control feature.

Customers can choose from three interior color styles including Orage, Palomino and Dapple Gray/Black. Some other equipment inside the cockpit includes a panoramic sunroof as well as soundproof and heat-insulating double-layer glass.

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Lexus RZ 450e is developed on the e-TNGA platform shared with Toyota bZ4X with two motors equipped on both axles. The electric motor on the front axle has a capacity of 201 horsepower while the motor on the rear axle has a capacity of 107 horsepower, allowing the car to have a maximum capacity of 308 horsepower. Powering the car is a 71.4 kWh battery, allowing the car to travel a total distance of 360 km per charge.

Lexus still equips the RZ 450e with MacPherson suspension on the front axle and double wishbones with guide bars at the rear. This is also the first Lexus to be equipped with an active damping system that eliminates vibrations to help improve smoothness and precision when driving.

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Like other recently launched Lexus models, the RZ 450e is equipped with the Lexus Safety Suite 3.0 driver assistance package. This package will include a pre-collision response system with pedestrian detection system, lane departure warning system, lane keeping system and full-speed automatic throttle system with scanning radar.

The Lexus RZ 450e will go on sale from the end of this year and early next year. The car’s selling price has not yet been announced.

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