Home Lifestyle The Lexus RZ EV will arrive in Australia in mid-2023

The Lexus RZ EV will arrive in Australia in mid-2023


Lexus Australia has confirmed that the RZ electric car – its version of the Toyota bZ4x – is coming Down Under and is scheduled for mid-2023.

“I’m delighted to confirm that the RZ is the next all-new offering in Lexus’ electrified portfolio in Australia,” said John Pappas, chief executive of Lexus Australia.

“This is a luxury SUV for customers who want Lexus’ latest zero-emission technology and innovative design.”

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The 2023 RZ450e is the first Lexus to be based on Toyota’s new e-TNGA platform for electric vehicles, and will come standard with a dual-motor all-wheel drive system with what Lexus calls DIRECT4 torque vectoring.

“Using information about acceleration, cornering speed and steering angle, it automatically adjusts front and rear torque delivery and braking force to all four wheels to maximize traction, stability and comfort,” the company said in a statement.

Full powertrain specifications, including power and torque, as well as performance figures, have yet to be confirmed.

Range is quoted at “approximately 450 kilometers” on a single charge of the RZ450e’s 71.4kWh lithium-ion battery, shared with the aforementioned Toyota bZ4x and Subaru Solterra.

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Lexus Australia says the new RZ will increase its portfolio of electrified vehicles to nine products, including six hybrid (HEV) offerings, the NX450h+ plug-in hybrid (PHEV) as well as the all-electric UX300e.

The main competitors of the new RZ450e will include Tesla Model Y, Audi e-tron Sportback, BMW iX3, Jaguar I-Pace, Genesis GV60 and Mercedes-Benz EQC.

The brand says that nearly half of its sales (47.3 percent) were electrified by the end of September – meaning that nearly every second Lexus sold is an HEV, PHEV or EV.

Full pricing and specifications for the new Lexus RZ will be revealed closer to its Australian launch in mid-2023. Stay tuned to CarExpert.

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