Lexus is entering the battery-electric race in North America with the RZ 450e, an all-new model built on the brand’s first dedicated BEV platform. The mid-size crossover occupies an interesting place in the lineup, with a overall size most similar to the compact NX crossover but a wheelbase closer to the mid-size RX crossover.
Lexus Enthusiast was invited by Lexus USA to tour the French countryside outside of Aix-en-Provence in the new RZ, and our coverage starts with a broad technical overview.
The RZ is built on the e-TNGA platform alongside its sister vehicle, the Toyota BZ-4X. This is Toyota’s first dedicated Battery-Electric Vehicle platform, and allows engineers to take advantage of BEV characteristics — the RZ is able to have a lower center of gravity and stiffer structure compared to other Lexus vehicles due to the weight and shape of the battery pack under the cabin...