Lexus' new 2023 RZ 450e electric crossover will offer luxury EV shoppers a fresh alternative to Tesla's Model Y in an elegant and athletic package that starts just under $60,000 and can travel up to 220 miles on a single charge.
The compact crossover, which is on sale now, has distinctively Lexus exterior styling and carries forward the spindle grille, which the automaker calls the spindle body.
"Depending on whether it's a battery-electric vehicle, plug-in or hybrid, there will be different iterations of the design, but it will all be reminiscent of this spindle body approach versus just being stuck to the spindle grille," said Eli Nesbitt, a Lexus senior analyst and product expert.
The goal, Nesbitt said, is to maintain Lexus styling without intruding on aerodynamics. Because of the low roofline and a front fascia engineered for precise air intake, the RZ has a drag coefficient of .29 and is the most aerodynamic vehicle in Lexus' lineup, he said.