Lexus has given us our first look at its next EV. Dubbed the Lexus RZ, a 28-second teaser video (which you can watch above) shows off the exterior styling from multiple angles, but still leaves us with a lot of questions.
The Lexus RZ won’t be the brand’s first fully electric car – we’ve driven the all-electric Lexus UX300e – but it will be the first Lexus EV built on a dedicated BEV (battery electric vehicle) platform.
In the video teaser, we’re shown the Lexus RZ from different angles, and while there isn’t a huge amount to glean from these candid shots, there are some nuggets of information we can pull out.
We’ve seen what appear to be two charging port covers, one above each front wheel arch – we saw this on the UX 300e, and other manufacturers including Audi and Porsche also offer dual charging ports on their EVs.
This provides more flexibility for drivers when it comes to charging your car, as you don’t have to worry about how you’re approaching a particular charger – which way you need it. Well, there’s going to be a port on that side.
Chances are it’s only on these ports, though most will support the fastest charging connection, so you may still need to remember which side is on depending on which charger you’re on.
You’ll also find Lexus’ updated rear design on the RZ, which includes a full-width light bar and a small ducktail spoiler that gives the car a modern, sporty edge.
Nothing we get to see on the interiors, so questions remain regarding the styling and technical setup.
Analysis: A better foundation to build on
As mentioned, we’ve driven the Lexus EV before, but the UX300e really failed to deliver thanks to its lackluster tech offering and cramped cabin.
However, its flaws stem from using the standard UX base and customizing it to be a fully electric vehicle. Using the existing ICE (internal combustion engine) platform meant that the Lexus was limited in what it could do and the room it had to operate.
The exciting news on the Lexus RZ is that it will be the first car to use the firm’s all-new, dedicated BEV platform. This means that the RZ will be a true EV from ground up, with everything designed with electrification in mind.
This should allow Lexus more flexibility when it comes to cabin dimensions, and is expected to usher in a new generation of in-car entertainment and technology.
We’ll have to wait for more details on the Lexus RZ, but early signs are promising – if extremely brief.
- I drove a car whose windows were blacked out using only its cameras