What Is the Lexus RZ 450e?

More and more vehicles are entering the electric vehicle segment. Toyota and Lexus are no different. Recently, Lexus has revealed more information about the RZ 450e. Which is set to be an EV crossover. More specifications are expected this spring, but the RZ 450e will share its platform with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra. But, as a Lexus vehicle, this model will likely be more luxurious. And it is also rumored to offer more power, which is something that some buyers may appreciate.

How much will the RZ 450e cost?

The Lexus RZ 450e is set to be an all-electric crossover from Toyota's luxury brand.
Lexus RZ 450e | Lexus

The Lexus RZ 450e is suspected to have a starting cost of around $50,000. The MSRP has not been set yet, but because it wears the Lexus badge, expect this EV crossover to have a premium. This Lexus EV will share its platform with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra. Both EV models which are coming from the Toyota and Subaru brands.

It is expected that the RZ 450e will come with standard all-wheel drive and more power than its Toyota sibling. It may also have less than 250 miles of range. Which is less than some competitors, but you will get premium features. Making for a luxury EV experience.

When will the Lexus RZ 450e go on sale?

The Lexus RZ 450e will be a stylish EV crossover with serious power.
Lexus RZ 450e | Lexus

It’s hard to say exactly when this new Lexus EV will enter production. We expect to hear more as 2022 progresses, and Lexus has stated that it would like to have the RZ 450e on the market for the 2023 model year. 

In the current climate, it would be easy to think that delays with this model could happen. Through supply chain issues and other factors, the RZ 450e could be delayed. It is certain that Toyota and its subbrand Lexus are eager to bring more EV models to the market as other manufacturers are doing the same.

What has Lexus revealed about the RZ 450e?

So far, Lexus has not revealed much about the new EV. Recently, photos were released of a pre-production model. We can assume that the production model will resemble this example fairly closely. But, things like interior features and power output have yet to be confirmed.

According to MotorTrend, the RZ 450e will be built with the e-TNGA platform. This platform was developed between both Toyota and Subaru. As a Lexus, it is probably safe to assume that it will be one of the more luxurious models built using this platform.

Should you wait for the Lexus RZ 450e?

A pre-production model of Lexus's new luxury EV crossover.
Lexus RZ 450e | Lexus

If you are shopping for a new EV crossover but want a premium experience, this Lexus model may be something worth waiting for. It will be fairly powerful and features standard AWD. Both of which will set it up for success. 

But, the RZ 450e is not without competition. Vehicles like the Tesla Model Y and other vehicles from premium brands have been on the market for some time. So, it is important that the Lexus RZ 450e goes above and beyond in order to exceed what its rivals are offering.

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