Lexus has been teasing the RZ 450e for months and now the company has released new pictures of the upcoming electric vehicle.
While there isn’t anything we haven’t already seen, the latest images show the electric crossover will be far more attractive than the Toyota bZ4X.
Starting up front, there’s a fully enclosed grille which is flanked by slender headlights with distinctive swoosh-style daytime running lights. The model also sports vertical air curtains and a faux skid plate for a more rugged appearance. Speaking of the latter, the crossover wears black fender flares and matching side skirts.
Other notable highlights include dynamic bodywork and a charging port on the front fender. They’re joined by a rakish windscreen, a sloping roofline, and a blacked out rear pillar which helps to visually expand the greenhouse.
Out back, there’s a full-width light bar that resides beneath an integrated rear spoiler. The crossover also has an angular rear window and a ventilated rear fascia. They’re joined by a black plastic rear bumper, which doesn’t exactly scream luxury.
Lexus is staying tight-lipped about specifications, but the company has previously confirmed the RZ will be their first dedicated electric vehicle. While Lexus isn’t saying much, the model is slated to ride on the e-TNGA platform and be similar to the bZ4X. The Toyota will be offered with 71.4 and 72.8 kWh battery packs as well as single and dual-motor powertrains that produce up to 215 hp (160 kW / 218 PS).
We’ll learn more about the RZ 450e this spring, but Lexus released the pictures in conjunction with their 2021 global sales results. Last year, the company saw sales increase 106% to hit 760,012 units globally. Of course, it’s important to note 2020 sales were heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and Lexus alluded to this by saying their 2021 results show a “recovery trend.”