Lexus Plotting Cheaper RZ300e Electric Crossover

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Trademark filings have confirmed its name, but secrets still remain.

The 2023 Lexus RZ is the brand's first BEV available in the USA. Based on the same platform as the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, it has been revealed exclusively in all-wheel-drive RZ450e guise with a dual-motor powertrain producing 308 horsepower - 93 ponies more than the most powerful variants of its siblings - with 225 miles of range.

But CarBuzz has uncovered trademark filings with the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property that confirm a cheaper variant with less power is in the works and that it will be taking on the RZ300e designation.

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Filed under classification 12, which pertains to "automobiles and structural parts thereof," the trademark was filed yesterday through the Toyota Motor Corporation's German arm of operations.

It makes logical sense for Lexus to have various powertrains available for the RZ, just as it does with all its other models, and the 300 designation is pretty common in the Lexus stable.

The trademark filing leaves us with more questions than answers, however. While we know what the new base model will be badged as, we don't officially know what will power it.

Our most informed guess is that it will use one of the motor setups currently available in the bZ4X.

In FWD, single-motor guise, the bZ4X boasts 201 hp, 196 lb-ft of torque, and 252 miles of range. But the AWD option - the only option on the Subaru Solterra - produces a little more at 214 hp and 248 lb-ft, with only 222 miles.

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It's the latter configuration we expect to make into the RZ300e, but wouldn't rule out both.

The potential exists for Lexus to sell two variants of the RZ300e, mimicking both single- and dual-motor options of the bZ4X.

This would be a similar angle of assault to the brand's current gasoline offerings like the Lexus RC. In RC300 form, the RWD model has a 2.0-liter turbo engine while the AWD model gets a V6 and a completely different gearbox.

We'll likely find out about the new derivative in the coming months. Whether it will be available for the power-hungry American market is likely still to be decided.

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