Lexus Wants A Piece Of Toyota's Future EVs, Trademarks RZ 450e Nameplate
We bet it will be a version of the future electric cars Toyota aims to deploy by 2022.
Wherever Toyota goes, Lexus will follow. At least in the paths that make more sense for a luxury division. That said, it comes as no surprise that Lexus will have its own version of the electric cars Toyota plans to sell from 2022 on. Thanks to LexusEnthusiast.com, we know at least the name one of these future vehicles will have: RZ 450e.
Forget the UX 300e, which is just an electric version of a car that already exists – with air-cooled batteries. The name RZ shows it will be an entirely new car, even if the R makes it seem like a close relative to the RX. We’d bet on an SUV, considering how popular these vehicles currently are.
It will, at the very least, be a crossover, but the one that Toyota showed along with its other electric prototypes – the second one coming from the left in the image above – seems too big to be named 450. For that one, 500 or 600 would be a better fit.
Our readers already know these new vehicles will be built over a new platform called e-TNGA. It is based on the current modular architecture Toyota successfully applies to most of its cars, but dedicated to electric sauce.
The company already informed these cars will offer battery packs ranging from 50 kWh, with 300 km (186 mi) ranges, up to 100 kWh, with 600 km (372 mi) ranges. We just wonder if the plans will remain the same after Elon Musk said the new normal would be a minimum of 300 mi.
In terms of power, the cars can have one or two electric motors ranging from 80 kW (107 hp) to up to 150 kW (201 hp) each. We bet Lexus versions would be a tad more potent than Toyota’s.
Lexus vehicles have a reputation for silence and comfort. We wonder what a car conceived to be electric can offer to the brand regarding these standards. The RZ 450e already carries a load of expectations.
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