After weeks of teasing, Lexus has unveiled its first global EV vehicle, the 2023 RZ 450e compact SUV.
The RX aligns with the brand’s recent design language, while accommodating the new electric architecture. For example, Lexus’ traditional spindle grille is now called the BEV Spindle Body as it’s purpose has been updated to focus on aerodynamics over the needs of cooling a traditional gas-powered engine.
Lexus built the RX on its e-TNGA platform, which is also shared with the Toyota BZ4X and Subaru Solterra, but the Lexus packs a lot more power and tech. The RX features a new DIRECT4 all-wheel-drive system, up to 225 miles of range, and a high-output electronic axle.
The RX is also the first Lexus to offer steer-by-wire with a yoke-style steering wheel, but the system will be optional and won’t be available right away.
Interior niceties include Ultrasuede upholstery, electrochromic roof, a 14-inch touchscreen, and a slew of advanced safety technologies part of the Lexus Safety System+ 3.0.
The Lexus RZ 450e arrives at dealers later this year.