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Lexus RZ 450e, silence is golden


TEST – The Japanese luxury brand transposes its codes on an electric SUV borrowing its technology from its mentor Toyota.

Within the price range and dimensions of the RX, fans of discreet luxury branded Lexus now have the choice between two electrified SUVs: the RX 450 + plug-in hybrid and the RZ 450e, a new generation electric model.

Starting from the modular eTNGA platform and a 71.4 kWh battery (64 usable) shared with the Toyota bZ4X, the RZ stands out with an output of 313 hp, resulting from two permanent magnet electric motors, 204 hp in the front and 109 hp in the rear.

In most driving situations, the torque distribution is concentrated on the front axle, but in some situations the Drive 4 electronic all-wheel drive can reverse it.


To preserve autonomy (Range mode), at low speed, only the rear motor operates.

Lexus announces a range of 404 to 435 km depending on the finishes and the tire assembly (18 or 20 inches).

Values ​​difficult to hold if, as during our test gallop, you take the highway.

Consumption can then soar to more than 23.5 kWh/100 km.

It will then be necessary to wait more than 30 minutes at a fast terminal to recover 80% of the battery capacity.

The load does not accept more than 150 kW of power in order to preserve the longevity of the accumulators guaranteed for 10 years.

More sober infrared heating


Dynamism is not the primary virtue of this vehicle, which relies on suspension comfort, soundproofing and on-board atmosphere.

The interface is thus identical to that of the RX with the buttons on the steering wheel which allow you to scroll through the main functions on the instrument panel and the head-up display.

Radiant heating consumes 8% less energy, detecting occupied spaces.

Overall benefits that the RZ monetizes at a high price.

Welcome to the new world.

Technical sheet

Motors: 2 electric, 313 hp, 435 Nm

Transmission: Integral, 1 gear with reducer

Dimensions: L. 4.80, w.

1.89 a.m.


Consumption: 17kWh/100km

Autonomy: 435 km

Speed: 160 km/h

Price: from €75,500


Source: lefigaro

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