Inside, the RZ sticks to a driver-focused cockpit rather than adopting the minimalistic horizontal digital splay that is currently in vogue among EV designers.
There are still plenty of buttons, and the dashboard display is similar to that used the NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid, although RV designers moved the air vents above the screen. The center armrest console cocoons the driver.
Lexus calls the layout a Tazuna Concept, evoking the Japanese term tazuna, for the reins that a rider uses to control a horse. It is part of Lexus' gambit to create a more direct link between driver and machine for a feeling of intuitive control.
Even though the RZ will be the first Lexus to get drive-by-wire in a yoke-shaped steering wheel, the base model will stick to a traditional doughnut-shaped wheel.
The RZ will also offer a panoramic roof that stretches over the heads of the rear-seat passengers, who can luxuriate with extended legroom thanks to the RZ's long wheelbase.
Meanwhile, over-the-air updates will keep the vehicle's software seamlessly up to date. Lexus also replaced the mechanical door latch system with an electronic "e-latch" for more effortless entry. And a smartphone-compatible digital key can be shared with friends.
Finally, the vehicle contains the latest version of Lexus Safety System+, the brand's suite of safety and driver-assist technologies. It will also get Lexus' first adoption of a traffic-jam assist feature.
About the only thing the RZ won't have is a passenger-side glove box. Planners ditched this in order to adopt front-seat radiant foot-and-leg heaters. Lexus says the setup warms passengers more directly without wasting energy to heat the whole cabin.