Lexus gave us our first glimpse of its upcoming EV. Dubbed the Lexus RZ, a 28-second teaser video (which you can see above) shows the exterior styling from multiple angles, but still leaves us plenty of questions.
The Lexus RZ won’t be the brand’s first fully electric car – we’ve driven the fully electric Lexus UX 300e – 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 various angles, and while there isn’t much to be gleaned from these blunt snaps, there are a few nuggets of information we can squeeze out.
We’ve spotted what appear to be two charge port covers, one above each of the front wheel arches – we’ve seen this on the UX 300e, and other manufacturers including Audi and Porsche also offer dual charging ports on their electric vehicles.
This gives drivers more flexibility when it comes to charging your car, as you don’t have to worry about how you approach a particular charger – there will be a port on the side where you go. need it.
However, it’s likely that only one of these ports will support the fastest charging connection, so you may still need to remember which side is the one depending on which charger you’re on.
You’ll also find Lexus’ updated rear design on the RZ, with a full-width light bar and small ducktail spoiler giving the car a modern, sporty feel.
What we don’t see is the interior, so questions remain about the styling and technical setup inside.
Analysis: a better basis for building
As mentioned, we’ve driven the first Lexus EV before, but the UX 300e didn’t really inspire thanks to its lackluster tech offering and cramped cabin.
However, part of the reason for its shortcomings is due to using the standard UX base and adapting it to become a fully electric vehicle. Using an existing ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) platform meant that Lexus was limited in what it could do and in which room it had to work.
The exciting news about the Lexus RZ is that it will be the first car to use the company’s all-new, dedicated BEV platform. This means the RZ will be a true EV from the ground up, with everything designed with electrification in mind.
This should allow Lexus more flexibility when it comes to cabin dimensions and, hopefully, will see the introduction of a new generation of in-car entertainment and technology.
We’ll have to wait for more information on the Lexus RZ, but the first signs are promising – albeit extremely brief.