2023 Lexus RZ Revealed Before Official Unveiling

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Lexus didn't think you'd see it hiding among other electric concepts.

This morning, Toyota announced its full battery electric vehicle plans for the coming decade, with 30 dedicated BEVs to go on sale between Toyota and Lexus across the globe by 2030. As part of the announcement, the Japanese automaker showed off a slew of concepts, but hidden among them was Lexus's first all-electric model, the 2023 Lexus RZ. Lexus has been teasing the RZ over the last couple of weeks, but this is our first official look at the electric crossover. No details have been revealed, but we believe an official unveiling is imminent.

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Toyota

The first images confirm what we already suspected, that the RZ will be the third badge-engineered product between Subaru and Toyota, sharing underpinnings with the Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X. Visually, it shares those SUVs' futuristic designs, but Lexus has smartly pulled off its own signature design cues with aplomb. On an EV, you don't need a big spindle grille. However, Lexus has inverted the color palette at the front end to create a body-color blanking plate in the same shape as the spindle grille, while outer creases lead towards a blacked-out element beneath the signature L-design headlights. Unlike the Solterra and bZ4X, you don't get the chunky black wheel arch cladding leading into the headlights, and instead, it gets subtle black accouterments and a blacked-out C-pillar. It's a much classier look overall.

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No technical details have been revealed at this stage, but we don't expect the RZ to differ much from what we've seen on the other two models. The model designation will be the RZ 450e, a name confirmed in the latest teasers and previously picked up on via trademark filings. This would seemingly indicate a fairly strong powertrain, which is at odds with the maximum 215 horsepower produced by the Toyota and Subaru variants in their dual-motor AWD formats. However, as the single-motor variant produces 201 hp, Lexus could give the RZ more power to elevate it above its two stablemates in stature. This will be a smart move if the brand wishes to successfully rival the Audi Q4 e-tron.

We'll have more information on the RZ soon, but if the cover is any indication, the book could be quite the read.

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