Lexus has filed to trademark a brand new mannequin identify within the U.S., Europe, and Australia, triggering hypothesis that it’s engaged on a brand new all-electric automobile.
The trademark in query is RZ 450e. There are at the moment two Lexus fashions in manufacturing that begin with ‘R,’ particularly the RC Coupe and the RX crossover. Given the ever-growing demand for SUVs and crossovers, although, it appears most definitely that the RZ shall be some sort of crossover/SUV somewhat than a coupe.
Lexus Enthusiast provides that the presence of a ‘Z’ within the identify nearly ensures that this shall be an all-new mannequin. Likewise, the ‘e’ on the finish of the identify clearly refers to an all-electric powertrain.
While Toyota has lengthy been proof against adopting all-electric automobiles, it confirmed in mid-2019 that it might launch six battery electrical automobiles by 2025. The first EV on this household to hit the market is the Lexus UX 300e, based mostly on the present UX however modified and outfitted with an electrical powertrain.
In the UX 300e, Lexus has employed a single electrical motor that produces 201 hp and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque, which permits it to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in a decent 7.5 seconds. Providing the electrical motor with its juice is a 54.three kWh lithium-ion battery pack, giving the automobile a focused driving vary of 196 miles (315 km).
It’s unattainable to know what the RZ 450e will seem like or what sort of powertrain it might have. With that being stated, it might look much like one of many six electrical ideas that Toyota previewed late final 12 months and are pictured beneath.