First contact: Lexus RZ 450e (with VIDEO) – News – ELECTRIC WOW

First contact: Lexus RZ 450e (with VIDEO) – News – ELECTRIC WOW


First contact: Lexus RZ 450e (with VIDEO)

This Lexus is more than just a curious steering wheel

With the RZ 450e, Lexus doesn’t just want to play along with the current electric car race, they want to stand out. And as the first seat test shows, that can also work.

This Lexus is more than just a curious steering wheel

With the RZ 450e, Lexus doesn’t just want to play along with the current electric car race, they want to stand out. And as the first seat test shows, that can also work.

Okay, first of all, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the steering wheel. Anyone thinking “how the hell is that supposed to work in everyday life?!” he should be told two things: On the one hand, there is also a standard steering wheel, so the “yoke” is optional. And on the other hand, the car relies on drive-by-wire technology, so there is no need for a mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the axles. The maximum rotation of the steering wheel is only 150 degrees; So there is no change. The electronics then control how hard the wheels turn in relation to the movement of the steering wheel, depending on the driving speed. The driving report should show how it feels on the road.

What an interior!

But what we can say already: The operation itself, as well as the whole arrangement of the cock, left a big impression. The control of lights and windshield wipers, for example, is solved on the “Yoke” by means of rotary mechanical control, like volume control. The rest of the button functions also seem well thought out and well placed. The digital tool’s view of equality is wrong. In addition, there is a large 14-inch touchscreen and infotainment system familiar from the NX, an electrically dimmable panoramic roof and an allegedly clever trick with radiant footwell heaters in the first row. Their use, together with seat and steering wheel heating, should reduce the need for energy for heating and thus keep consumption low … for Lexus, by the way, the incredible value of “less than 18 kWh/100km” according to WLTP aims for the class of the car. Best of all, this should also be enabled by Lexus’ E-Axle drive system including Lexus DIRECT4 intelligent all-wheel drive control. Frequency? “More than 400 km” says Lexus. We are curious.

Fluffy and space

But behind the interior, which is decorated with a lot of Alcantara material. What seems negative in the cockpit are the controllable options, mainly caused by the lack of glove compartment. No frunk either. The trunk, with the underfloor room and the division of charging cables and other mounting-bimm, seems to be very important. In any case, the sense of proportion (no official information on the amount yet) says that it is a better deal than its platform brothers Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X, which only offers 452 liters of storage space, but with the same wheel is. also more than 10 cm shorter and 35 mm is lower. Japanese length of 4.8 meters is also generous in the back seat: legroom and headroom is a lot. In addition, Lexus pampers the rear passengers with an armrest including cup holders, Isofix points, heated seats, special air vents, two USB-C ports and a full 220V socket.

Good point, some questions

What is certain is that our first date with the RZ 450e left a good impression. Of course, many questions remain unanswered for future reports until the market is launched in early 2023: charge time for the 71.4 kW battery, for example. Or of course the price. But we bet on a starting price of around 65,000 euros … without Yoke.

Technical specifications:
Lexus RZ450e
(everything original, car not connected yet)

performance | torque 313 hp (230 kW) | 435 Nm
0-100km/h | Vmax 5.6 s 160km/h
Gear | run 1-speed automatic | four wheels
Range (maximum) | battery > 400 km (WLTP) | 71.4kWh
Ø consumption
AC charging time | DC Nope
stem | burden of payment Nope
Warranty Car | battery 3 years | 5 years/160,000 km
base price | Nova Nope

We like that: Lots of innovation, lots of space, lots of advanced technology
What we miss: Driving demonstrations and glove compartment
Alternative method:Tesla Model Y, BMW iX3, Audi e-tron, etc.