The RZ 450e is the new Full Electric SUV and the first Lexus electric vehicle to be developed from scratch and with the aim of realizing the potential of new technologies according to the Lexus Electrified philosophy. “Our vision – explained chief engineer Takashi Watanabe – is to use electrification technology as a means of improving the vehicle’s basic performance so that we can continue to pursue driving pleasure for all future generations.”
The RZ 450e features an advanced transmission with optional by-wire steering with a new One Motion Grip steering wheel and electronic front and rear axles working in conjunction with Lexus’ new DIRECT4 all-wheel drive torque control. The foundations of handling and responsiveness are guaranteed by a new platform dedicated to electric vehicles, with a low center of gravity and a generous wheelbase. The lithium-ion battery is integrated into the frame under the passenger compartment floor.
The all-electric platform and configuration also result in a new design. The exterior reinterprets the characteristic shape of the Lexus hourglass on the vehicle’s body, while the interior is designed to express Omotenashi Lexus hospitality, between comfort and technology.
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