Lexus teases all-new RZ crossover ahead of 2022 debut

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Lexus has revealed teaser shots of its all-new RZ, its newest electrified vehicle. And it certainly is just a teaser, because Lexus released only the pictures, and absolutely no information on it.

The company didn’t even reveal if it will be all-electric, but we’re betting that it will be, given that in March 2021, Lexus unveiled its LF-Z Electrified Concept in Japan. That one was identified as a battery electric vehicle (BEV), and so we figure them both using “Z” is the giveaway.

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At the end of November, Lexus also unveiled a metal sculpture based on the LF-Z at Design Miami, built by a team from the University of Miami. The automaker said the use of electrification “helps chart a path toward a carbon-neutral future.”

Lexus has offered gasoline-electric hybrids since its first RX 400h in 2005, but for 2022, introduced the NX 450h+, its first-ever plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), based on the redesigned NX compact sport-utility, and using a plug-in powertrain borrowed from the Toyota RAV4 Prime.

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At the global introduction of the LF-Z, Lexus said it will introduce 20 new vehicle models by 2025, including BEVs, PHEVs, hybrids, and “other electric vehicles,” and will have an electric variant in every one of its model lineups. It will also establish a new business and technical centre for developing and designing innovative vehicles, and plans to be carbon-neutral through the lifecycle of all of its vehicles by 2050, from manufacturing through recycling or disposal.

The RZ could be poised to become Lexus’ first all-electric vehicle in North America, but it’s not the company’s first-ever; it sells a battery-only version of its UX compact SUV in some markets.

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