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Lexus teases all-electric RZ

 Published 1st February 2022
General Guides  New Launches 

Lexus has revealed early images of its forthcoming RZ, the Japanese firm's first fully-electric vehicle.

Due in the first half of 2022, the RZ will be an SUV built on a dedicated electric vehicle platform, the same one to be underpin parent company Toyota's bZ4x and the Subaru Solterra.

Appearing set to look similar to the LF-Z concept displayed earlier this year, the RZ will likely feature a larger battery in a longer wheelbase than the Toyota, ensuring a longer driving range.

A sophisticated all-wheel drive system - DIRECT4 - will allow the Lexus to turn from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive, and anything in between. Steer-by-wire technology will also feature, with Lexus claiming improved steering response.

Because of the all-wheel drive capabilities of the RZ, it is expected that twin-electric motors will be used, allowing for a performance focus for the first electric production model from Lexus.

Pricing and specification details for the new electric Lexus will be announced closer to on-sale date.

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