Lexus has already allowed us to take a look at the second electric model that was 100% electric, but it was actually the first brand developed as a battery electric vehicle from the start. And it is not a vehicle that simply adopts electrical energy from a conventional combustion engine instead of a battery; There is much more to come, and the exciting potential of new technologies that increase performance and driving pleasure is true to the Lexi Electrified philosophy.
The three C’s by which Lexus is governed, when developing the model’s dynamic performance, have been emphasized to the maximum: confidence, control and comfort; in all matters. Moreover, they have proposed a vehicle that is always faithful to the driver’s intentions, so that sitting behind the wheel is comfortable and exhilarating, even for those who have not used an electric car. That’s why it enters a camera that provides an elegant, linear and secure response from the first moment; and when we can get out, we will quickly feel a sense of beautiful containment and connection to the vehicle.
What’s more, driving can be made even more enjoyable (if that’s even possible) thanks to the optional Motion Grip steer-by-wire system and precise DIRECT4 four-wheel control. Specifically, at launch, the RZ was equipped with a conventional rack-and-pinion electric power steering system that incorporates a vibration-absorbing intermediate shaft to maintain a smooth feel. The three-spoke steering wheel has a few cross-sectional variations to offer a nice, comfortable grip.
But as the first model to use Lexi’s new Motion Grip Steer by Wire steering system, which is currently in development, and to enter the market in 2025 as a new option, this option is very interesting. they would have been able to prove In particular, there is a conventional mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the front axle, through the steering column, so the system transmits the driver’s movements to the wheels electronically. It controls the effect of instant response and steering more precisely.
It is true that you only need the smallest amount of wheel movement to make the vehicle complete a complete curve, and although many say that it is a more difficult “trick”, for us it was very simple and intuitive. From the first moment we felt really comfortable and without difficulties to maneuver or hold this type of steering wheel normally. It remains that the place of the indicator is a little more difficult, somewhat hidden behind the elongated steering wheel; since it has the shape of a butterfly, which controls the cabin of the boat.
This design is very suitable because this technology requires less effort from the driver, who does not have to turn the wheel than while crossing his arms. This makes the turns on the road very smooth, it makes it more convenient to navigate the bends and it is easier to maneuver in narrow spaces, as the steering gear system automatically adapts to the speed of the vehicle. It also provides less steering wheel when driving over rough roads, more consistent control and correction in strong curves than stable in a straight line.
Finally, this new shape does not have the upper part of the steering wheel, so the driver has a clearer view of the dashboard and the road; The driver also has more storage space and can get in and out of the vehicle more easily.
The RZ is the first production model to feature Lexus’ new e-Axis, designed for use in electric vehicles. It is a compact and modular package, consisting of a motor, an electronic system and a unit -PCU-, located between the drive wheels. The RZ uses electric front and rear axles that connect to the DIRECT4 all-wheel steering system to adjust the position, traction and power distribution of the vehicle to the driving position. Electric spindles are quiet and efficient, and deliver power with great care.
The front electric motor generates 150 kW and the rear 80 kW, for a total maximum power of 230 kW. The RZ is extremely energy efficient, consuming 16.8 kWh or 18.7 kWh per 100 km in the WLTP combined cycle, depending on the size and specifications of the vehicle. Its autonomy can reach 440 km.
The RZ cabin gives a unique feeling of space and relaxation, with the driver’s cockpit. In fact, Lexus has introduced a series of advanced technologies that increase comfort, functionality and life on board. The set of controls and information sources – 14-inch multimedia central screen, gauges, multi-information screen and head-up Display – requires minimal hand and eye movement to manipulate, control and view, helping to maintain awareness. road. The design and shape of the cab also directs the driver’s line of sight forward.
The center console features a slim, elegant upper section that opens to a storage compartment with a lid to the left or right, which can be used equally by the passenger or the front driver. The unit also features a cup holder, USB port, 12V outlet, and (in some cases) the smartphone holder itself. The redesigned cabin offers more storage space under the console, with a box for enough tissues, a pair of shoes or the owner’s manual.
It is notable for the dimmable panoramic roof (standard on the RZ Luxury), which increases the feeling of airiness and light in the cabin, and extends to the end so that the rear passengers can still enjoy a clear view, even with the seats reclined. nates Glass has a low emissivity (e) coating that reflects infrared rays and minimizes radiant heat on sunny days, keeping the heat inside the cold room outside.
The roof also has an electric dimming function, making it opaque to the touch of the button. As a result, there is less need for air conditioning to maintain a comfortable temperature, and there is no need for retractable awnings, which reduces weight. All these factors cut the RZ’s power consumption and help maintain its range. The elimination of the sun visor also provides more visibility, and allows for a better design of the headliner, which raises the head.
Also, one of the big highlights of the new RZ is the unprecedented radiant heating system. New radiant heaters are fitted at knee height in front of the driver and front passenger, under the steering column and lower instrument cluster. Unlike convection heating, they use infrared radiation to heat solids directly in front of you. They also consume about 8% less energy.
Integrated Lexus Climate Assist combines with the heated seats and steering wheel to help bring the cabin up to temperature faster and provide the feeling of a warm blanket over your lap. They work calmly without a draft. They also incorporate automatic protection if someone touches them, automatically reducing the panel temperature to 43˚C. Like the panoramic sunroof, they reduce the load on air conditioning and help to maintain the vehicle’s range.
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Finally, we must highlight the space in the cargo compartment that is not affected by the vehicle’s battery and the nine letters that have been added have resulted in mounting a stereo subwoofer in the rear.
With all the seats in place, the total volume is 522 liters; With the rear seats folded down, the maximum volume is 1,451 liters, up to the roof. With the boot lid in place, there is space for two suitcases (110 and 97 litres). Under the boot floor, another 58 liters of space in a very practical, fully equipped area, leading to the rope model.
Plus, it’s easy to access the 740mm loading height and the availability of rear power. Changes to the electric motor open and close the tailgate more quickly and quietly, and the opening angle can be based on the location, for example, to avoid hitting the low roof in the garage. According to the model specification, a foot sensor is available for hands-free opening.