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2023 Singapore Motor Show: Lexus RZ450e makes its ASEAN premiere

The most luxurious e-TNGA sibling comes to the region

The Lexus RZ is the luxury marque's first ground-up EV. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

The Lexus RZ is the brand’s latest electric vehicle that has been built from the ground up, riding on the brand-new e-TNGA platform codeveloped with Subaru.

The car has just made its ASEAN debut at the ongoing Singapore Motor Show alongside its rugged Subaru Solterra sibling.

You can expect all Lexus vehicles to share elements of this design language moving forward. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

As the most luxurious sibling of the trio, it is fitted with the Spindle Body design language, complete with the sharp angles, the checkmark headlights, the one-piece “grille design,” the lightbar featuring the new Lexus script at the back, and the 18- or 20-inch wheels.

The cabin benefits from the compact eAxle drivetrain packaging. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Its cabin is (understandably) oriented toward luxury, so it’s fitted with luxurious materials, optional dimmable panoramic roof, and latest 14-inch infotainment screen, while offering an engaging driving experience following the concept of Tazuna (the relationship between the horse and the rider). Thankfully, there’s no yoke-style tiller on this model.

The RZ comes with only the best kit. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Unlike its other two siblings, it gets the best kit for its e-TNGA platform, like Frequency Reactive Dampers for a smoother and more engaging ride, and eAxle technology which improves cargo space and improves range from drivetrain optimization.

It also only comes in a dual-motor setup with the Direct4 four-wheel-drive system (312hp), with a 71.4kWh battery allowing the car to travel up to 450km on a single charge.

It's now a matter of when Toyota Motor Philippines decides to bring these both in. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

With the vehicle making its debut in the region, it is only a matter of time before we see Lexus Philippines (and Toyota Motor Philippines) release it (and its bZ4x sibling) in our market, as the company said last year that it was looking to bring it in “within the next fiscal year.”

Sam Surla

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