The Lexus RZ 450e is the company's first purpose-built electric vehicle, a brand new battery-electric SUV. It's not just a car that uses batteries instead of an internal combustion engine; in keeping with the Lexus Electrified ethos, it also takes advantage of other cutting-edge technologies to improve performance and the quality of the driving experience.
The Lexus RZ 450e is, first and foremost, a Lexus with all the precision and power expected from the brand. The company has leveraged its extensive expertise in vehicle electrification to provide the advantages of a BEV while providing the essential refinement and driving experience unique to its brand. Some examples of this include the front and rear e-Axles that work in tandem with Lexus' new DIRECT4 all-wheel drive torque control and the optional steer-by-wire steering with a new One Motion Grip yoke. A dedicated new electric vehicle platform with excellent body rigidity, a low center of gravity, and a long wheelbase ensures safe and responsive driving. The chassis incorporates a powerful lithium-ion battery pack beneath the cabin floor. This battery pack's quality is carefully monitored to ensure consistent performance over time.
Additionally, the platform and battery-electric drivetrain allow for more creative potential. The exterior is a modern reinterpretation of the classic Lexus spindle shape. At the same time, the interior is a bright and open space that manages to be both simple and luxurious, showcasing Lexus Omotenashi hospitality and Takumi craftsmanship.
The RZ's zero-emissions performance will aid Lexus in its efforts to become carbon neutral and contribute to a sustainable mobility society. Here, we consider the car's performance across its entire lifecycle, from the initial stages of sourcing and manufacturing to the final stages of recycling. At the RZ production center at Lexus's Motomachi plant, where the most pollution is made, new ways of doing things have already been implemented.