Toyota (including Lexus) yesterday showcased its electric vehicle (EV) plans. The Japanese automaker unveiled 16 new EVs, though one of those is the bZ4X which is ready to go into production in 2022. For this article, we’ll be focusing on Lexus and its EV plans.
Lexus showcased its first dedicated EV called the RZ, and this shares the same platform as the Toyota bZ4X (and also the Subaru Solterra). Among a bevy of Lexus EVs, the RZ is closest to being ready for production.
In terms of design, the Lexus RZ wears the brand’s signature spindle grille. Unsurprisingly, this grille is closed off. The only functional openings that the RZ’s front end has are the one at the bottom of the grille and the vertical ones on both sides. Flanking the grille is a pair of sharp LED headlights with Lexus’ signature daytime running light design.
The side profile of the Lexus RZ is very similar to that of the RX. Its roof slopes down towards the blacked-out C-pillar. No dimensions were revealed by Lexus, but we think that it will be similar in size to the bZ4X.
Powertrain and interior details for the Lexus RZ 450e are still unknown at this point. Of course, being a Lexus, we would expect the RZ to have a better-looking and more luxurious interior. Its powertrain should in theory, also be more powerful.
The other interesting EV that Lexus showcased is its upcoming successor to the LFA. This will feature solid-state batteries and will have a range of more than 700 kilometers. Lexus is aiming for a 0-100 kph time in the low 2-second range whilst applying what the company has learned when developing the LFA supercar.
Apart from the upcoming RZ and the future EV supercar, Lexus also showcased a range of sport sedans, wagons, hatchbacks, and even a four-seater convertible. Behind it are Lexus models that weren’t fully illuminated. We presume these are a range of gasoline-powered cars with hybrid or plug-in hybrid electrification.
By 2030, Lexus is aiming to sell one million EVs per year, while Toyota is aiming for 3.5 million EVs per year. Lexus will also be the spearheader of Toyota’s EV future, as the brand will also be all-electric by 2030 in North America, Europe, and China. By 2035, Lexus will only sell electric vehicles globally.