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Lexus prepares a new version of the electric RZ, more affordable and with more autonomy

The Lexus RZ 450e is the second electric SUV from Lexus, the first developed on a specific platform for electric cars called e-TNGA. The RZ is not the only model with this platform, since it shares technology with the Toyota bZ4X and the Subaru Solterra, although logically the Lexus is one rung -if not several- above in terms of power, level of finishes and price. It is available with a single version, although everything indicates that a new version is on the way.

Specifically a version of access to the range, a Lexus RZ300e which, when the time comes, will be the most affordable alternative to the Japanese electric SUV. As CarBuzz has discovered, Lexus has registered the designation RZ 300e in the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, which would confirm that the brand is preparing a cheaper version, less powerful and presumably with more autonomy.

Currently the Lexus RZ range consists of a single engine, the aforementioned RZ 450e, and three trim levels. This version has 313 hp of power, four-wheel drive and homologates 400 kilometers of autonomy in the WLTP cycle. its part price from 73,000 euros with the Business finish.

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Lexus RZ 450e driving position

Lexus has registered the name under the category “automobiles and their structural parts” through the German subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation. A name (the number 300) quite common in the Lexus range, both in the present (Lexus ES 300h) and in the past. However, the details of this future, and at the moment hypothetical, version are a mystery.

The most logical thing is that it uses a scheme similar to one of those currently used in the Toyota bZ4X, its cousin. In the version with front-wheel drive and a single engine, the Toyota bZ4X offers 204 hp and 265 Nm of torque and a range of 516 kilometers thanks to surprisingly low consumption. The version with AWD traction – the only option available on the Subaru Solterra – delivers 218 hp and 336 Nm of torque thanks to its two electric motors, and offers 470 kilometers of autonomy (421 km in the Style Plus finish). The battery is identical in all cases, a pack with 71.4 kWh of capacity.

At the moment we do not know if Lexus will opt for a configuration of a single motor and simple traction or if it will maintain all-wheel drive but with a reduced power compared to the 450e. One of the advantages of the version with 4×2 drive is its low consumption and the possibility of having a range of around 500 kilometres. In any case, it would reduce the entry price of the model, which would leave the RZ 300e below 70,000 euros in our country.

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